"...this idyllic beach house was built for the price of a project home. 10 years later our clients
turned it over as high-end holiday accommodation for the jet set..."
To achieve the client's objectives and to take advantage of the delightful qualities of this site, the
house was conceived as an open plan glazed pavilion, which could easily expand into extensive
external decks and living areas. As the house was used predominantly in summer, all living rooms
and bedrooms face east to the ocean. A service spine - kitchen, bathrooms and circulation run along
the western rear zone of the house. While extensive use of aluminium-framed glazing was utilised to
enhance the ocean views, plywood wall panelling screw fixed to steel stud framing completes the
envelope on the mountainside. This inherent dichotomy reflects the nature of the site -
ocean/mountains - while simultaneously providing privacy and security. High bay louvred glass
provides cross ventilation and heat reduction during the summer months while a slow combustion
steel fireplace provides winter heating. All internal walls are heavily insulated drywall consisting of
plasterboard fixed to steel stud framing. The site experiences intense and regular flooding as heavy
rains wash down the steep range behind the house to the sea. To satisfy geotechnical conditions, a
building of lightweight framed construction was proposed to overcome the high rainfall and the
potential slippage of the talus soil.