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Architecture: Diamond Beach Residence

Oct 11, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Simon Whitbread
  • Designer
  • Architect Bourne Blue Architecture

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 couldn’t 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 10–15 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.

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