Whale Beach House
This hilltop site with iconic ocean, headland and treetop views in all directions was clearly unique. The bones of the existing horseshoe shaped mid century italianate villa were sound, but to meet the brief for a flexible family home accommodating between 2 and 10 people at any time, a trusting client and some clever design was required.
Year
2017
Location
Whale Beach NSW
Size
240sqm
Team
Dom Bennett
Photographer
Simon Wood
Media

This hilltop site with iconic ocean, headland and treetop views in all directions was clearly unique. The bones of the existing horseshoe shaped mid century italianate villa were sound, but to meet the brief for a flexible family home accommodating between 2 and 10 people at any time, a trusting client and some clever design was required.

A genuinely collaborative design process produced a design centred on reclaiming the ground floor living space from an overtly grand staircase. Circulation was organised by adding a new glass and zinc clad entry and stair element which also provides a clear address for the house. A new master suite occupies the top floor, opening onto a generous balcony with forever views across the Pacific.

The brief for this project evolved from a simple first floor extension to a full house renovation as our client’s circumstances changed. Our wholistic approach to this fluid design process allowed us to promote design opportunities outside the brief. Resolving fundamental space planning problems with the existing house also provided unexpected external living, daylighting and view capture benefits.

The brief for this project evolved from a simple first floor extension to a full house renovation as our client’s circumstances changed. Our wholistic approach to this fluid design process allowed us to promote design opportunities outside the brief. Resolving fundamental space planning problems with the existing house also provided unexpected external living, daylighting and view capture benefits.

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