Australia – MCK Architecture & Interiors
Built Area: 862.0 m2
Year Built: 2017
Photographs: Michael Nicholson
Sunrise House is a modern house that sits close to the beach in the South Coast of Sydney, Australia. It is oriented in such a way that it optimizes the view of the Pacific Ocean.
From the street, the façade is covered with recycled timbers. These purposely open up in areas where ventilation and light are needed. However, the architects make sure that the homeowners maintain their privacy. Dense foliage and a lush garden can be seen along the street, highlighting the home’s architecture.
The home has two levels: the bedrooms on the lower floor, kitchen and living room above. There’s an outdoor lounge with a bar located near the pool. This can be closed off when the weather is bad.
Overall, Sunrise House is a home that encourages a chill, laid-back lifestyle.
Notes from the Architect:
Sitting within the dunes of the South Coast of NSW, Sunrise House embraces the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. Robust yet finely articulated, the home is arranged as a collection of positive and negative spaces, opening up completely to the immediate landscape, or shutting down as the coastal weather turns. A simple planning arrangement provides a large home with an efficient program, and light and ventilation apertures follow the linear functionality of the home.
Sunrise House is as comfortable for a large extended family gathering as it is for a family of four, and provides its inhabitants with as many shared moments as it does with private ones. Privacy is effected by turning the home’s back on the street and focusing its attention to the east where it invites each daily sunrise into its interiors.
This same theme continues on the first floor, where the entire living space opens up via perpendicular sequences of floor-to-ceiling glazed doors, and the interior becomes a deck hovering over the landscape, from which one gazes across the ocean to the horizon.
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