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Surf Road House / Nick Bell D&A

Surf Road House / Nick Bell D&A

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Whale Beach, Australia
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Surf Road House / Nick Bell D&A - Fence, Facade, Handrail
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Text description provided by the architects. The concept of this house is to create a space that mirrors its coastal setting, providing both a relaxed and uplifting environment for the owners. 

Surf Road House / Nick Bell D&A - Table, Windows, Chair, Beam
© Simon Whitbread Photo

The use of steel, glass and recycled timbers creates a modern home that feels calm and confident, reflecting the underlying principle of our practice which is to design houses that are understated yet impressive; simple yet meticulously detailed. 

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The building is conceived as two main elements. The main three-storey block contains the primary living and sleeping accommodation, each room enjoying an easterly aspect to the ocean, with services and circulation within a western spine. To the west is a separated two-storey pavilion, containing separated private garden accommodation.

Surf Road House / Nick Bell D&A - Image 4 of 18
© Simon Whitbread Photo

The design of the main pavilion utilises a regular steel structure. The structural frame is emphasised to provide definition of individual areas within the main space. 

Surf Road House / Nick Bell D&A - Beam, Handrail, Deck
© Simon Whitbread Photo

Crucial to the design is a two-storey void to the structure’s southern end. This places the communal spaces at the heart of the house and connects the two main levels used by the permanent occupants. The void also provides legible and inviting circulation within the building, to make the transition from the upper entry level to main living spaces. The main roof follows the slope up towards the west to capture natural afternoon light and, in combination with the void, maximises natural ventilation.

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From this simple layout the design sought to reinforce the clarity of space and celebrate the interaction of the elements, surfaces and materials: steel, timber and glass.

Surf Road House / Nick Bell D&A - Windows, Facade
© Simon Whitbread Photo

When viewed from the beach and surrounds, the charcoal and timber palette ensures an understated recessive presence in keeping with the intended aesthetic and concept.

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Cite: "Surf Road House / Nick Bell D&A" 09 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/791006/surf-road-house-nick-bell-d-and-a> ISSN 0719-8884

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