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- Architect Bourne Blue Architecture
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This site, behind the sand dunes of Diamond Beach on the mid-north coast of NSW, is flat and has a modest view over wetlands. The proximity of the ocean would offer a beachside lifestyle, however the house couldnt access ocean views to provide the amenity. The design therefore needed to work in this context and provide the amenity from within. This is a holiday house for a large family, who frequently travel away with other families, so facilities for 1015 people were required. A covenant on the land dictated that the house was to be built using brick and tile.
The design is comprised of four components, wrapping around a central court: a living space, two separate adult sleeping areas and a kids area. The living space has a slab for thermal mass and faces north. The two adult sleeping areas are identical parental retreats at opposite corners, while the kids area has a boys and girls bunkroom and a TV area. Each of the four components is separated by a roofed deck, which either houses hammocks, a dining space or the entry. A monopitch roof wraps around the courtyard and over these spaces, simplifying roof drainage and providing unity.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.