bourne blue architecture divides dudley residence along cliff
bourne blue architecture divides dudley residence along cliff bourne blue architecture divides dudley residence along cliff
nov 14, 2013

bourne blue architecture divides dudley residence along cliff

bourne blue architecture divides dudley residence along cliff
all images courtesy of bourne blue architecture




stepping with the topography of the land, the ‘dudley residence’ by australian firm bourne blue architecture offers dramatic views towards the pacific ocean. positioned above dudley beach, near the city of newcastle on the east coast of new south wales, the site slopes steeply to the north. having recently moved to the area from sydney, the client’s brief was for a family home, that could comfortably accommodate visiting guests. the volume was divided into two parts, one wing contains the private quarters and the other common living areas. this strategy enabled the interior spaces to take advantage of their site’s orientation, with large levels of natural light and ventilation able to filter through, while still providing a sense of privacy. the two wings are joined by a stairwell that passes under the pool and an open courtyard, helping to protect from the cold winds in the winter. the lower, stepped level of the volume contains the bedrooms, changing its geometry to run parallel to the cliff.  landscape architect and sculptor richard stutchbury planted native species with the occasional exotic as a feature element, his hand hewn sculptures near the pool and in the garden form a subtle dialogue with the dynamic house.



southern façade



northern façade



view to the north over the pool



the pool window



living space



the dining room



view from kitchen through to dining






looking down the hallway that leads under the pool



laundry deck



plan and section



project info:


architect: bourne blue architecture
builder: danny smith
landscape architect: richard stutchbury
sculpture: richard stutchbury
photography: bourne blue architecture
floors: polished concrete and recycled spotted gum
walls: blockwork with off white cement render and fibre cement weatherboards
paint: murobond
windows: spotted gum and anodized aluminum, all with low e glass



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