refresh design reinterprets australian beach house with cantilevered structure
 
refresh design reinterprets australian beach house with cantilevered structure refresh design reinterprets australian beach house with cantilevered structure
sep 29, 2016

refresh design reinterprets australian beach house with cantilevered structure

located in a beachside setting, the architectural brief for ‘northern rivers beach house’ project was to realize a contemporary, yet cost effective three-bedroom property that is connected to nature. the subtropical open-plan living is adapted to its temperate climate, with the initial premise was to ‘re-interpret’ the beach house by integrating traditional materials of corrugated metal, fiber cement sheeting and timber elements, onto a contemporary and dynamic shape.

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designed by brisbane-based firm refresh*design, the restraints were the small plot area, low budget and restrictions due to flooding. this resulted in exploring the unconventional concept of a cantilevered structure, with both ends overhanging and counterbalancing each other. using steel for the major structural elements, and timber for the secondary structure, a very economical and bridge-like architecture was created to produces a soaring visual effect.

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the scheme incorporates sustainable design principles, and has been planned to take advantage of natural ventilation, passive solar design and a very economical use of space. building materials such as plantation timber, bamboo for flooring, and plywood for ceilings were used throughout. the abstraction of the timber-battened vernacular of subtropical architecture adds movement and scale to the house.

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the kitchen, dining and living room is arranged in a linear organization

 

 

 

‘this understated elevated residence blends well with its sub-tropical coastal landscape. it exhibits architectural and structural resolution in an innovative way, within a clear functional planning framework. the design management process with this project was well conveyed, and a cost effective exemplar for this constrained site was achieved. the realisation of stage 2 with its’ informed site planning, will contribute well to this evolving coastal community.’ australian institute of architects 2015 gold coast / northern rivers regional award jury

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