On a tight 178sqm beach front site, this project has an unflinching focus on materiality and light, orchestrated to provide a calming sanctuary for its owner. Built for longevity in this highly corrosive environment, our client wanted to challenge the notion of the typical ‘lightweight’ seaside house.

The study of materials and light is vigorously tested inside and out to painstakingly minimalist detail. The tripartite façade of a sandstone podium, curved stone brick middle and finally a very substantial cast bronze façade crowning the top level. This

innovative cast bronze façade includes highly precise use of curved and patinated plate panels that celebrate the tactile surfaces with evident molten flow patterns, pock marks and blemishes. The deeply recessed upper windows form their own protection and allow direct visual connection to the beach below.

Renovated throughout to create a calm, stillness this house creates a visceral connection to place.


Winner of MBA Excellence in Housing award 2021.


Project Type: Single residential

Size: 250sqm

Project Team: Andy Carson, Kleber Lima, Shaghig Nalbandian

Head Contractor: Currenti Constructions

Structural Engineer: Cantilever

Bronze Facade: Architectural Materials (USA)

Landscape Architect: Fieldwork Associates

Lighting Design: Light Practice

Photography: Felix Forest, Martin Mischkulnig

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