Design Development through to Construction.
Completed as Project Architect for Utz-Sanby Architects.
Photography by Walters Media.
Interior Styling by BM Interiors
Landscaping by Katherine Marden Landscape Design
Palm Beach House enjoys one of the most central sites at Palm Beach (NSW). This steeply sloping site has full exposure to the amazing beach and ocean views. The project required major alterations and additions to an existing 2-story heritage listed 1915, Arts and Craft style house.
To preserve the streetscape views and heritage frontage of the existing house the new additions were excavated into the site and covered over with roof top gardens and terraces. The new buildings step down with the site, taking on the existing topography; the result is a blurring of architecture and landscape.
Working with the existing slope of the site the new residence now contains a total of five staggered levels, with each level enjoying breathtaking views.
The house enables flexibility in occupation fitting to the clients requirements, the split level program allows this house to be a cosy retreat to suit a couple for the weekend or can combine to be the ultimate Sydney entertainer. Ultimately the overall organisation of spaces support the act of dwelling, which seemed appropriate for a beach house where its occupants are de-shackled from any fixed routine.
The strategy adopted for the balancing of new and old for Palm Beach House was one of dualisms, where both new and old elements re-affirm their identities by the contrast of the other. This was applied on a macro scale, where the additions of contemporary forms with smooth Surfmist Render contrast and complement the handcrafted details of the existing beach bungalow; and the micro scale where new penetrations and materials are layered into the existing fabric showing clear definition between new and old.