Common Materials Creates an Original, Light-Filled Design
“This Smargiassi House 01 is a variation of the traditional Australian beach house, seeking to use common materials in standard ways to produce unusual effect from textures and light.
Designed by Jeremy Feldhusen, an associate at T&Z Architects, the home is essentially an open planned timber beach ‘shack’ of contemporary proportions bracketed by two protective concrete block screens. The open glazed ends take in the northern winter sun and the south-western ocean views.
The 500m2 site accommodates the five bedroom three bathroom house while still maintaining a substantial back yard complete with BBQ shelter and shed. Deliberately simple in form, the house was considered as part of the larger site – emerging from the landscape like the weathered limestone outcrops down on the shoreline sand dunes. The clients reside in Libya, so the design was run over weekly Skype meetings with the first face-to-face meeting coming once construction had started.
Weekly updates were then posted on the house’s own Facebook page to allow the clients to follow construction. During the process the clients experienced a revolution, saw the overthrow of Gadhafi and had their first child. In comparison, building a house was easy”.
Architect: Jeremy Feldhusen, TNZ Architects