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As a multi-award winning practice, Banham Architects understands
the fine line between design and environmental sensitivity.
Situated high on a north-facing promontory
overlooking Avalon Bay, this site offered a rare
opportunity for the architect. With the home sited
less than 100m from the beach, the sights and
sounds of surf breaks, the smell of salt, and the
movement of the patchwork quilt of dune flora all
called for a contemporary design that would work
with the environment. While the ever-changing
scenery is sublime, the power of the horizon line
became a key design ingredient.
The house was to be simple and uncluttered,
with well-defined indoor and outdoor spaces.
It needed to relate to the environment but
not dominate, while being environmentally
sustainable and low maintenance.
The exterior is characterised by a series of
interlocking horizontal planes that extend from
inside to out. Three freestanding bluestone walls
give support to these horizontal planes. A solitary
fireplace wall in the centre of the house, together
with exposed stainless steel flues, penetrates the
roof planes with contrasting verticality.
A neighbouring house, set at an obtuse angle,
created an issue with symmetry. This was solved
with the introduction of a 90-degree wall to
a north-south axis.
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