Wamberal Beach House


2003 Winner Australian Timber Design Awards

– Best Residential House

– Best Use of Timber Engineering

– Best Use of Timber Flooring

This award winning beach house was  designed in association with Peter Ireland Architect. It required the architects to maximize the spectacular frontal dune location on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

The exposed and dynamic frontal dune location is in close proximity to the adjoining busy roadway and neighbours and presented a number of challenges which were resolved in a building with deep concrete piers and an elevated platform in an H plan.

Whilst the eastern living areas take full advantage of the wonderful ocean views  Courtyards allow for spaces protected from the prevailing winds, while allowing for the penetration of afternoon and morning light into the main living areas and bedrooms. Living spaces are projected to the eastern edge of the dune and capture the full extent of ocean views.

Bedrooms and bathrooms are in the rear wing with garages and services spaces underneath. Upper and lower studies adjoin the living spaces.

The house is unified by a dramatic curved plywood ceiling that gives a sense of enclosure and protection, and reflects something of the dunal forms on which it is built.