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Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture

Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture

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Sorrento, Australia
  • Architects: AM Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  307
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2016
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Dianna Snape
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Cutek, G-LUX, Casf
  • Lead Architect : Andrew Mellios
Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture - Windows, Facade
© Dianna Snape

Text description provided by the architects. Sorrento Beach house is a new dwelling located on Victoria’s first settlement site of 1803, on Sullivan’s Bay. The beach house begins as an austere and robust object in the landscape which begins to relax and respond to its natural environment as it approaches the water.

Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture - Beam
© Dianna Snape

Considering the site’s history, we thought the exterior should not be playful. It should be heavy and robust as one would wish for a ship, or pier, and somewhat austere to avoid polite domestic gestures which seemed out of place against a sombre historical context.

Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture - Beam
© Dianna Snape
Ground Floor Plan
Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture - Windows, Glass, Facade, Beam
© Dianna Snape

With this in mind; a broad & very heavy timber screen wraps the building, acting as a sunscreen to an insulated concrete shell beyond whilst directly referencing local coastal structures.

Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture - Facade, Beam
© Dianna Snape

The house transitions between the concepts of shelter and exposure articulating privacy and the occupant’s experience of the site. Internally, the sleeping zone emphasises the thermomass concrete shell and is characterised by internal surface, punched-out windows, deep timber sills, and filtered light through external slotted timber screens.

Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture - Countertop, Beam, Sink, Handrail
© Dianna Snape

Broad light enters the living-zone and the architecture transitions to a language of spatial openness and less formal restraint, responding to sunlight, wind, privacy, and extensive foreshore views.

Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture - Facade
© Dianna Snape

The concrete interior emerges to face the harsher conditions of the foreshore, the waterline “presses” against the building creating a sweeping roof line, earthy colours from a local quarry appear in the ground slab, and the timber ceiling fragments into a natural crystalline pattern which happen to align with constellations in the night sky on the eve of settlement.

Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture - Beam
© Dianna Snape

The living areas are conceptualised as outdoor space; earth below, sky above waterline directly in front.

Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture - Facade
© Dianna Snape

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Cite: "Sorrento Beach House / AM Architecture" 04 Jul 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/874900/sorrento-beach-house-am-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884
© Dianna Snape

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