Newport Waterfront Retreat by Koichi Takada Architects

Newport Waterfront Retreat by Koichi Takada Architects

Architects: Koichi Takada Architects
Project: Newport Waterfront Retreat
Stylist: Sarah Jayne Studios
Location: Newport, Sydney, Australia
Year 2017
Photographer: Tom Ferguson Photography

The Newport Waterfront Retreat is the epitome of an Australian dream home, adorned with a private beach, garden and open-plan living.

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Responding the clients’ brief – a house offering sanctuary and entertainment, the Newport Waterfront Retreat is designed to allow nature to lead, offering maximum seclusion and connection to its surrounds and outlook.

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Located on a steeply sloping waterfront block, facing the vast expanse of Pittwater, a terraced, four levels building progressively stretched and stepped north-westward as it tumbled water-wards with the site. A series of artificial rock or floating platforms that are presented as a sequence of cantilevered concrete slabs that float above recessed stacked-stone cladded podium. To maximise the sense of levitation, the slabs are tapered to a finer point water-wards, with the living and dining area particularly designed to appear as a floating box.

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To fully experience the site’s glorious changing light through the hours, days and seasons, large floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, floor-to-ceiling glazing, skylights and oversized cantilevered balconies are used to connect occupants with their surroundings, outlook and nature.

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Breaking down the building’s large 1600m2 footprint, interior spaces were programmed as inviting ‘pockets’ over four main levels, creating a sense of intimacy and warmth in even the largest open-plan. Master suite placed on the second floor with eastern light and four bedrooms positioned on the upper entry level, with light drawn from the rooftop – offering occupants the joyous warmth and feel of early sunlight across a floor and space.

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An open-plan living area, show kitchen and rear functional kitchen occupy the third level, with informal spaces – including a home theatre, bar, gym and casual entertaining spaces – positioned on the fourth floor as you move closer to the beach and relaxed waterside setting. Overlooking and offering access to the garden, beach and Pittwater a half level below is the resort style infinity pool.

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Inspired by the hues and textures of the area’s sand, bush, water and sky, the design features creamy, whitish-grey in-situ concrete walls, bleached European Oak and limestone flooring, soft sandstone-coloured stack stone feature walls, and ‘invisible’ floor to ceiling Vitrocsa glass. All materials are meticulously married and detailed to seamlessly connect exterior and interior spaces, to create a seamless organic flow, enhance the perception of space, and to speak of the surrounding landscape.

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