Cubic was the Principal Builder of this stunning beach house at North Avoca, on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Designed by Architect Richard Cole and completed in 2019.
The brief was to provide a flexible beach house that was different from the client’s house in the city. It was to accommodate two or three families at any one time, and the client was open to new ideas. A substantial deck facing the ocean was an important priority, along with an artist’s studio, multiple verandas, daybeds, nooks, a place for a hammock, a library area and plenty of outdoor entertaining and relaxing areas.
The form was to find the right balance of glass and solid wall. The building was to be energy efficient and bushfire resistant. The clients wanted to be able to lock up the house and walk out. Finishes were to look after themselves with minimal maintenance.
The building structure was revealed and allowing fixings and connections of materials and finishes to be on display. Without being too utilitarian, the building was to incorporate a practical flexibility.
The site occupies a corner lot and slopes significantly to the west with beach and ocean views to the east. Constraints included a requirement to meet bushfire attack levels, an existing substantial dwelling to the north, a relatively busy road to the east and privacy concerns given the elevated and exposed corner site.
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Photography by Kevin Chamberlain.