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Designed by Craig Steere Architects, this
dramatic beachside home plays homage to its
history through form and materials.
Situated in dense foliage outside a coastal town in
the southwest, the award-winning Cedar House
sits with architectural intent.
The distinct, cedar-clad ‘U’ shape was inspired
by the long boats that beached themselves on the
sand at the bottom of the site. Much more than just
a visual extravagance, the shape offers protection
from the harsh elements to the external rooms
of dining and living, enabling the occupants to
comfortably be at one with their surroundings.
Natural light, ventilation and flowing spaces
abound at this abode, with views of the Southern
Ocean exploited where possible.
Sustainability was a key component of
this design brief, achieved by employing solar
passive principles, and designing the property to
promote cross ventilation.
Materials played a major role in the
sustainability of this home, including performance
glass and double glazing, low-energy lighting
and appliances, and insulation, to name just
a few of the options used. A heat-pump hot
water unit and a large rain tank, meanwhile,
are positive additions for energy-efficiency
Recycled and virgin stone obtained from the
site is contrasted by a combination of Formcraft,
FSC-certified cedar and oak.
Occupying the site of the original weatherboard
workers’ cottage, the building’s form and
materials hint at its historical setting, paying
a subtle yet remarkable tribute.
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