21st Century Architecture Beach Houses by Stephen Crafti

By Stephen Crafti

Featuring lovely complete colour photography—50 appealing architect-designed homes

Australians and New Zealanders are attracted to the coast. even if it's an everlasting dwelling house or an easy fibro shack, the sound of the surf and the texture of sand underneath one's ft are perennially attractive. This most recent seashore residence booklet through Stephen Crafti positive aspects 50 architect-designed houses alongside the coast. From the straightforward to the huge, those houses depart a long-lasting impression.

While a few of the houses featured within the publication are lavishly appointed, others easily body the mind-blowing perspectives forward.

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This level also includes the main bedroom and ensuite. With Bass Strait visible in the distance, CENTRUM ARCHITECTS designed the house to capitalise on the ocean views. The living areas contain generous glazing, so the views can always be enjoyed from the comfort of an armchair. AFTER THE SHACK 31 On the level below are three bedrooms, together with a shared bathroom and laundry. To ensure each receives generous northern light, the three bedrooms are stepped across the site. There’s also a rumpus room, which leads directly to the garden.

Locals were keen to maintain the laidback character and scale of the area, prompting architect TONY OWEN to reduce the size of the development from 42 beach houses to 15. The houses lie on a 30-degree slope and overlook Port Hacking and Hasting Beach. BUNDEENA 53 The two-storey beach houses are termed ‘crossover’ houses as a result of their design. The lower level, for example, which includes three bedrooms and a bathroom, is designed across the building envelope. In contrast, the kitchen and living areas, as well as the main bedroom on the first level, are orientated 90 degrees to the bedrooms below to maximise the northern light.

To the north, retractable glazed walls open onto the bushland setting. AN EXPANDABLE BEACH HOUSE 35 The bedroom wing contains the teenage children’s and guest bedrooms. The parents’ bedroom is located near the main living spaces, though half a level up, allowing the house to function as a more intimate one-bedroom retreat when there are no children or guests staying. 36 Adjacent to the lobby is the main kitchen and living area, a half-level above the entrance, featuring picturesque views of the site.

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