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Freshwater House / Chenchow Little

  • 01:00 - 11 April, 2010
Freshwater House / Chenchow Little
Freshwater House / Chenchow Little, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia
  • Architects

    Chenchow Little
  • Project Team

    Tony Chenchow, Stephanie Little, Janice Chenchow, Angela Rowson, Jenni Dang
  • Structural Engineer

    Ruggero Benvenuti – Benvenuti S.C Pty Ltd
  • Builder

    Tecorp Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Freshwater House developed the idea of the operable façade to mediate between the requirements for privacy and shading on a relatively public site adjacent to the beach.

The resulting building is made up of three distinct parts; a podium base, a garden/ living space, and a bedroom volume clad with operable screens; each designed with unique spatial and material qualities.

The basement podium level is introverted and enclosed, concealing a deeply recessed entry vestibule and garage within the natural topography of the site. The podium is clad with vertical weathered timber battens, which wrap around the entire level and extend to the ground floor, to form a balustrade at the periphery of the site. The timber battens of the balustrade are angled on each façade to allow direct views to the beach below.

© John Gollings
© John Gollings

The living level on top of the podium is open and expansive, in contrast to the contained basement foyer below. Sandwiched between the upper and lower volumes, the living space is almost without definition. This level is conceived as one fluid horizontal landscaped space, taking in the whole area of the site and connected visually to the landscaped areas below and above the site.

© John Gollings
© John Gollings

The top bedroom level floats above the landscaped living level and is veiled with custom- made external bi-folding shutters anodised dark bronze. The shutters are constructed of vertical battens to maintain views to the beach below. The shutters provide privacy, enclosure and dappled light to this level. The detailing of the shutters is purposefully simple such that the building reads as an abstract sculptural form in the landscape when viewed from the beach. When the shutters are open the appearance of the building, and the experience of the interior, transforms. The client’s occupation of the dwelling registers in the operable facade of the building.

© John Gollings
© John Gollings
Cite: "Freshwater House / Chenchow Little" 11 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/55650/freshwater-house-chenchow-little/>
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PARASTOO KARAMI · November 18, 2011

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Jess · September 30, 2010

Would there be anywhere that I could get the detailing for the bifolding shutters from?

çi?dem e?im · September 21, 2010

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YILUN ZHANG · September 20, 2010

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Karini Matzembacher · September 17, 2010

Bem parecida com minha..hahahaha RT: @Gu_Neto Alguem ai quer morar na praia?http://www.archdaily.com/55650...

Nairo Neto · September 17, 2010

Alguem ai quer morar na praia?http://www.archdaily.com/55650...

Rory · August 29, 2010

This is a seriously good piece of architecture.

Josh · July 29, 2010

Definitely by far the sexiest house I have ever laid my eyes upon. I love the architectural style this guy uses, awesome awesome awesome. Thats all I have to say.

kimart · June 08, 2010

very cool !

Davis Gasuls · April 19, 2010
SWG STUDIO · April 19, 2010

The Freshwater House developed the idea of the operable façade 2 mediate between privacy & shading - Chenchow Little http://bit.ly/9gm15C

SWG STUDIO · April 19, 2010

The Freshwater House developed the idea of the operable façade 2 mediate between privacy & shading - Chenchow Little http://bit.ly/9gm15C

Michael Baugus · April 13, 2010

Another Sydney modern residence - Freshwater House / Chenchow Little http://bit.ly/c4EblV

CRISTIAN · April 13, 2010

COOL HOUSE!

ART RUBY · April 12, 2010

this is our dream office @archdaily Freshwater House / Chenchow Little http://ow.ly/1xde1

Home Decor News · April 12, 2010

Freshwater House / Chenchow Little http://bit.ly/9cz0an #architecture

Home Decor News · April 12, 2010

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Arquitetura da Vila · April 12, 2010

Bom projeto de casa na Australia. http://bit.ly/9gm15C

Nick Allen · April 12, 2010

These guys rock residential design RT @archdaily Freshwater House / Chenchow Little http://archdai.ly/b6fDGa

up_today_arch · April 12, 2010

I like this! Aspesialy location! And design is very clear and transparent too... It looks like it exists here always...:)

Bruno Bianchini · April 12, 2010

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DESIGN*aRt::archive · April 12, 2010

architecture: Freshwater House, Sydney, Australia / Chenchow Little Architects (16pics) http://bit.ly/aBlNny (archdaily)

benjamin · April 12, 2010

excellent design, the movable panels are original and very functional.

rouan · April 11, 2010

Beautiful! Awesome detailing and use of materials. Welldone!

ricky · April 11, 2010

loving it! especially the interior-exterior space transformation

Nick Downes · April 11, 2010

RT @archdaily: Freshwater House / Chenchow Little http://archdai.ly/b6fDGa

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