…Our clients desired a robust, informal holiday accommodation for family and friends to enjoy coastal living along Flinders Bay in Augusta. The result is a an all-year around getaway perfectly suited to our clients’ beach and surf lifestyle.
Approaching the home from the secondary street, you are greeted by a pebble pool with a drawbridge leading you toward the main entry door, in a gesture that reference the clients’ quirky hobby and medieval collections. Bar the northern boundary fence which was required in relation to providing the lap pool, the site is free of fencing. When weather permits, the pool can be opened out towards the garden. The North facing internal pool with double volume space acts as a form of solarium to capture and transfer warmth during winter, deep inside into the internal living spaces. Landscaping incorporating natural granite rock found on the site is used in this instance to create a soft boundary, allowing the home to feel unenclosed towards the coast.
The interior design of the home features low maintenance materials such as sealed concrete, weathered recycled timber and the natural grey granite quarried from the site. These materials juxtapose against the crisp white texture render coat and colour pressed anodised aluminium fascia and cladding. The interior detailing is decidedly refined and minimal to evoke a sense of timelessness, leaving the client with more time to enjoy their home rather than maintaining fussy finishes. Due to its remote location, our architecture team had to create several design interventions to reduce dependency on public infrastructure. PV cells on the roof provide towards the power usage of the home, while a solar pump services the lap pool during the colder winter months. Within the garden, there is an embedded aerated treatment unit to break down waste water suitable for lawn irrigation. A deep overhang from the upper floor roof provides deep overhangs to shelter the main activity spaces from the intense summer sun, thus reducing dependence on mechanical cooling. Incidentally, no air conditioning units are provided for any of the main living spaces or bedrooms.