…Low maintenance materials of raw simplicity are sculptured to form serene zoned spaces floating lightly above the earth to capture ocean and valley views for this rural retreat
To minimize clearing of existing vegetation and to maintain the visual buffer between the house and a neighbouring limestone quarry, the house is located within a natural clearing which was fortunately well elevated and allows generous views across the 10 acre site, as well as ocean views.
From the south there are often strong salt-laden winds and limestone dust from the adjoining working lime pit to contend with, hence the house design has a cranked linear form, with the profiled steel roof extending down the outer walls to create a protective ‘shoulder’ against the elements, whilst the interior spaces within are lightweight and open, and encourage interaction between inside and outside.
The building materials were all selected for their durability and combine to create a simple industrial palette which also responds to the colours and textures of the site itself. The profile steel cladding is an important feature of the building form, achieving the distinctive low-pitched roof form where the roof extends down the walls, to wide easy-clean gutters below. The floating, cantilevered concrete decks maximize the sense of elevation and lightness of the house, and create a distinct edge between the house and the landscape.
Redgate Beach House was awarded the 2010 Australian Institute of Architects (WA) Residential Architecture Award, plus the 2010 HIA ‘Best Custom Built Home valued $1.25M+’, ‘Custom Built Home of the Year’ and the major prize of ‘South West Home of the Year 2010’.
Visitors to Witchcliffe have the option to stay at the Redgate Beach House with its luxurious touches and ocean views. Please visit Private Properties for details and availability. We’d love to hear from you when you have.