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Deepwater / Tobias Partners

  • 16:00 - 20 April, 2016
Deepwater / Tobias Partners
Deepwater  / Tobias Partners, © Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander + 18

      • Project Team

        John Richards (Project Principal) , Nick Tobias (Principal Architect), Robert Gemmel, Edmund Spencer, John Barker
      • Builder

        Bellevarde Constructions
      • Project Manager

        Auric Projects
      • Structural Engineer

        Partridge
      • Landscape Design

        Myles Baldwin Design
      • Hydraulic Engineer

        AJ Whipps Consulting Group
      • Planner

        GSA Planning
      • Joiners

        Stylewood, Caporns
      • More Specs Less Specs
      Deepwater  / Tobias Partners, © Justin Alexander
      © Justin Alexander

      Text description provided by the architects. On a spectacular site, Deepwater celebrates its iconic location and the remarkable narrative of a fruitful marriage. Commissioned by a well-travelled couple in their 60’s, the house is a platform – a relaxing place to accommodate family and friends – and a container: a curiosity cabinet for their most treasured possessions.

      © Justin Alexander
      © Justin Alexander

      Perched on the high tide line at Bondi Beach, harsh environmental conditions and limited access dictated the form and fabric of the robust outer shell, which sits quietly among its neighbours on Ben Buckler Point. To counteract the relentless activity outside and achieve design clarity throughout, the design employs a sense of intentional restraint: a consistent material palette allows indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly.

      © Justin Alexander
      © Justin Alexander

      Divided into a classical-style vertical and horizontal grid, the five levels are treated subtly differently. Ceiling heights vary, and rooms and balconies sit within and project beyond the exoskeleton, an approach that overcomes the site’s modest footprint, helps to capture views, and enables the house to be easily divided into two spacious apartments when guests stay over. 

      © Justin Alexander
      © Justin Alexander

      The deliberately spare interiors feature hand-crafted joinery and hardware. A carefully curated display of paintings, sculptures, furniture and heirlooms evokes memories of travel and family history, with some newly commissioned artworks that converse with the architecture.

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      The building also speaks to its landscape: a series of operable devices mediate the threshold, bringing in sea breezes, warm sunshine, salty air and dappled light, resulting in a home that is always naturally comfortable, regardless of the weather.

      © Justin Alexander
      © Justin Alexander

      A true collaboration between design disciplines and construction experts, every detail is built to the highest standard. The landscape design speaks to the public realm as well as the occupants, with endemic species and hardy palms greening the beachside and street elevations. 

      © Justin Alexander
      © Justin Alexander

      Whether the owners are enjoying time at home together, or have their grandchildren staying over; or hosting casual family dinners or entertaining on a grand scale, this timeless home is always intimate and inviting. And with the ability to function equally well as platform and container, it conveys a precise distillation of this family’s unique narrative.

      © Justin Alexander
      © Justin Alexander

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      Cite: "Deepwater / Tobias Partners" 20 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/785570/deepwater-tobias-partners/> ISSN 0719-8884
      © Justin Alexander

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