Point Lonsdale House by NMBW Architecture Studio
Residential Architecture – Houses (New): National Award
Australian Institute of Architects
This beach house sits very comfortably among neighbouring dwellings and the native tea-trees on the secondary coastal dunes of Point Lonsdale. The house is strictly and successfully controlled by a nine-grid square plan form, with split levels accommodating a slight fall across the site. The roof form is said to reference historic dwellings in the immediate area but perhaps more obviously it is expressive of an Australian rural vernacular that seems appropriate to its modest intent. This project delivers far more than can be expected from a simple house. Spatial associations are carefully curated and there is a clear commitment to inventive detail throughout the execution. Cross-flow ventilation, shading and thermal mass are combined in a highly crafted, small-footprint solution that comfortably accommodates an influx of visitors over the summer months.
Read the project review by Paul Walker from Architecture Australia May/Jun 2016.