Winning Project:

Foredune Houseby Peter Stutchbury Architecture

Award Finalists:

Eaglemont House by Pleysier Perkinis

House A by Walter and Walter

House MT by Kart Projects

Shrouded House by BKK Architects

The Shed by Anderson Architecture

Winning Project Details -

Structural Engineer: Halcrow and Associates

Builder: Gecko Homes

Photographer: Michael Nicholson

Location: McMasters Beach, NSW

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Project description:

The house located at the meeting of two waterways amongst the sand dunes of a central NSW surf beach. The location inspired the building’s forms, accommodating the forces of the natural landscape, the building becomes an extension of the dune that it sits in. The design of the house is an honest timber post-and-beam structure, once a common form of construction in Australia. Blackbutt, as it is ready availability and durability timber, has been chosen for the post-beam structure.
Spotted Gum screens are used to express a box that sits within the structure. Dressed Spotted Gum is used internally while rough sawn is applied externally, giving a variation in colour and texture that produces a conscious, inside and outside of the building.
The exterior timber cladding consists of an exposed Blackbutt primary structure with a Spotted Gum batten screen fixed to the exterior of level two, forming the cocooned sleeping box. For softness, the flooring and joinery are produced from recycled Oregon (Douglas Fir), contrasting with the Blackbutt and Spotted Gum.