Minimalist Beachside House Featuring a Contemporary Clean Line Aesthetic

Minimalist Beachside House Featuring a Contemporary Clean Line Aesthetic

Architects: Gibbons Architects
Project: Minimalist Beachside House / Hamblyn House
Location: New Zealand
Photography: The Virtue
2018 Western Architecture Awards Winner

This new concrete and cedar family home works hard to maximise the clients programme needs within the tight constraints of this small urban beachside site.

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The client’s objectives were primarily to make the most of the sea views whilst achieving a contemporary clean line aesthetic. This minimalist beachside house had to have a minimal and hardwearing material palette to respond to the harsh coastal environment.

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Rough sawn timber off-form concrete panels create a robust base to the house whilst a contrasting dark stained vertical cedar skirt wraps around the midfloor and northern half of the upper floor.

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Milano render, complimenting the concrete panels, is used on the southern portion of the house to acts as a solid privacy shroud and forms a striking contrast of light and dark materials.

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Operable black screens provide a perforated visual element to soften the bold forms. They also enable exterior spaces to be closed in during bad weather, filter light into the living spaces and provide privacy to the occupants.

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The simple material palette is continued within the interior. White painted plasterboard walls are contrasted with keruing plywood panelling and in-built joinery through-out. Rough sawn formwork is used to give texture to the soaring 3 storey concrete walled stair well and skylight above, custom made black steel bladed screens and feature lighting enhance the concrete texture and feeling of light and dark.

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The mid levelled main entry is accessed directly from street level via a succulent based green roof echoing the nearby dunes.

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