Living by a golf course means beautiful views, but it also means a constant parade of golfers past your windows. So naturally, privacy was a top priority for Australian firm Auhaus Architecture when they designed a beachside home for a couple with two teenagers and two dogs. The sloping lot's irregular wedge shape and the winds from the beach also influenced the design of the house, which folds around a central courtyard and pool.
The split-level home gives the parents and kids their own areas, but has plenty of communal space for family time. "The sweeping arc form is the key design gesture, working as a binding element that ties together all the different parts of the house," said Benjamin Stibbard and Kate Fitzpatrick, founders of Auhaus Architecture. The architects chose materials that would stand up to the coastal conditions and a palette that compliments the surrounding landscape. The rooms have a strong connection to the environment without feeling exposed — just right for a family home in the great outdoors.
Spotted gum cladding frames the entrance. The architects used black-rendered blockwork to create a recessive backdrop for the native plantings.
The home curves around the sunny pool deck and the courtyard, giving the rooms a view of the water and landscaping.