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Block House / Porebski Architects

  • 01:00 - 18 March, 2014
Block House / Porebski Architects
Block House / Porebski Architects, © Conor Quinn
© Conor Quinn

© Conor Quinn © Brett Boardman © Conor Quinn © Brett Boardman + 24

  • Builder

    Kendale Homes
  • Structural Engineer

    James Taylor & Associates
  • Coastal Engineer

    Worley Parsons
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Douglas Partners
  • Hydraulic Engineer

    Cardno Engineering
  • ESD

    Douglas Partners
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© Conor Quinn
© Conor Quinn

Text description provided by the architects. Situated on the shore of Pearl Beach, an area where the bush meets the coast, the Block House is a secluded escape designed to respond to its surroundings. Pearl Beach is formed by two coastal headlands and is defined by eucalypt bush to the north and south and a rainforest to the west. Contextually the house relates to the sandstone cliffs and caves of the surrounding headlands and heavy waves on the beach, which in turn influence the form and materiality of the building.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The internal courtyard is formed by two wings, providing an external enclosure protected from harsh onshore winds. The courtyard not only acts a private sanctuary for recreational use, but allows for consistent and controlled ventilation and sun access throughout all spaces in the house.  L-shaped single room planning allows movement between interior and exterior spaces to remain unobstructed.

© Conor Quinn
© Conor Quinn

Raw and heavy elements pay homage to the surrounding cliffs and caves of the area. A simple palette of materials requiring minimal maintenance and finishes, along with precision in detailing, create the light sensibility of the structure. 

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Operable layers of the facade generate the transparency of the house where visual and physical connections are established to the surrounding features of the site. Furthermore, sliding timber shutters and cavity sliding windows and doors allow spaces to open seamlessly, blurring the demarcation between inside and outside.

© Conor Quinn
© Conor Quinn

The Block House adheres to numerous sustainable design principles, including passive cooling and heating, external timber shutters, sub-floor ventilation, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting, solar panels and thoughtfully placed skylights. 

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The operable timber shutters and low-e double glazing provide protection from fluctuating external conditions, and work in unison with thermally massed materials to deal with high diurnal temperature ranges.

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The outcome is a thoughtful sequence of meticulously crafted spaces forming a house that celebrates the act of living on the beach.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
Cite: "Block House / Porebski Architects" 18 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/487349/block-house-porebski-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Conor Quinn

迎海风,隔灌木,积木堆砌的自然住宅 Block House / Porebski Architects