Pretty Beach House by Lahznimmo Architects

Pretty Beach House by Lahznimmo Architects

Project Name: Pretty Beach House
Architecture: Lahznimmo Architects
Builder: BlairBuild
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Completed: 2020
Photo Credits: Brett Boardman

On a challenging bush block on the edge of Bouddi National Park at Pretty Beach, the house took seven years to design and build for the owners/architects. A steep site; bush fire prone; within an Endangered Ecological Community; and home of the vulnerable Red Crowned Toadlet – the site had been dismissed as unbuildable by many.

Pretty Beach House by Lahznimmo Architects

The brief was simple – a low-maintenance house framed around looking out to the beautiful forest and fern filled gully; with a feeling of being elevated within the trees.

Pretty Beach House by Lahznimmo Architects

A narrow linear footprint runs along the contours to minimize cut and fill, the house is anchored by two large exposed sandstone outcrops either side of the entry landing that frame vertical circulation and a large central breezeway on the second level.

living room, Lahznimmo Architects

Built entirely of non-combustible materials, the concrete and brick house demonstrates an approach to building within ecologically sensitive sites prone to bush fires.

ground floor plan

kitchen, living area, Lahznimmo Architects

Pretty Beach House by Lahznimmo Architects

first floor plan

Pretty Beach House by Lahznimmo Architects

Pretty Beach House by Lahznimmo Architects

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