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Hide and Seek House

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Point Lonsdale, Australia – Bower Architecture

Area:     260.0 m2
Year Built:     2017
Photographs:    Shannon McGrath

Hide and Seek House is located near the beach, surrounded by lush native greenery. It’s a modern house inspired by its neighbors.  It allows its residents to bask in the natural beauty of their surroundings. Although its design adopted the “language” of local buildings, it incorporates creative ways of architectural expression.

Timber panels are found in the home's exteriors and interiors.
Timber panels are found in the home’s exteriors and interiors.

The house settles nicely with the surrounding environment. The façade is made of timber panels in warm red tones. The roof design is an ode to the gabled houses in the neighbourhood, integrating structural changes. This provides excellent exterior drainage while flooding the inside with natural light that’s almost poetic in nature.

The cut in the building's shape forms an outdoor shower to welcome back beach goers.
The cut in the building’s shape forms an outdoor shower to welcome back beach goers.

An interesting feature in the Hide and Seek House is a cut in the building. This forms an outdoor shower, included in the design to welcome back those returning from the beach. The shower is an open space, exposing one to the natural elements without giving up total privacy.

Notes from the Architect:

In a quiet street, this sensitive but tough new beach house creates an intriguing sanctuary, integrated with context and landscape. Driven by the local vernacular of gently gabled houses, a sensitive building form is nestled between its neighbours. Two entry experiences – the most apparent an informal outdoor shower which celebrates the ritual of the beach return while a more discreet side entry leads into a central courtyard at the heart of the house.

Defined living spaces avoid vast open planning and bridge between separate distinct bedroom areas. These living spaces are unveiled and re-experienced through glimpses and framed views from differing perspectives. Outlook within and beyond shifts through these spaces, which change in character over day and season. Investment in the structure and shell of the house, considered bones and materials results in a calm and surprising journey integrated with users, site and its surrounds.

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For other interesting beach houses, take a look at Hawaii’s Slaughterhouse Beach House