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Harden Jones Architects
With a design approach that adheres to function, scale and proportion,
Harden Jones Architects is committed to clean, uncomplicated, refined architecture
Peppermint Grove Beach
his Peppermint Grove Beach holiday
home was the second residential project
by Harden Jones Architects for one
of the joint owners of the property. The
absolute beachfront site sits on the sand dunes,
approximately 220km south of Perth.
Designed by Giles Harden Jones, Lynnette
Kohler at Kohler Design took the lead with the
interior. Principally designed to function as a
holiday rental, it needed to be able to accommodate
either a couple living entirely on one floor,
two-to-three families throughout the residence,
or 12-13 people in comfort at one time.
This led to HJA including the repeated main
bedroom and ensuites on both levels, and the
upside-down design. The main living area and deck
are on the upper level, with panoramic views from
Bunbury to Cape Naturaliste. The large external
deck is covered and sheltered from the prevailing
winds by the bulk of the house’s built form.
The block had a small fall towards the beach,
which has been taken advantage of in the split-level
entry. This lessens the ‘journey’ of stairs, so that by
the time one has reached the upper floor, it doesn’t
feel like such a departure from the natural ground,
although one has gained a full level. The entry also
is transparent to maximise ocean views, so the eye
and focus are immediately taken to the vistas rather
than the experience of climbing stairs.
The house is pre-fabricated/tilt-up concrete,
with some areas remaining exposed concrete
internally. Polished concrete floors reinforce the
theme. With cost a factor, an Ikea kitchen with
Caesarstone benchtops was successfully used, plus
pre-made vanities complement the modern palette.
Externally, the concrete is raw in finish with
expanses of glass and extensive ocean views from
every habitable room. The floor plan has views as
the overriding factor, so instead of competing with
the site’s natural beauty, the home is worked into
the landscape to complement and blend with it.
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