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* Residential Architecture: Redgate Beach House by Craig Steere Architects

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 14 July 2012

Residential Architecture: Redgate Beach House by Craig Steere Architects: “..Situated on a dramatic coastal site overlooking Redgate Beach just west of Witchcliffe, this house was designed to respond to the natural qualities of the site and the client’s desire for a modern, low-maintenance, passive-solar home, which captured ocean and valley views whilst also retaining a sense of living ‘within the trees’. To minimise clearing of existing vegetation and to maintain the visual buffer between the house and a neighbouring limestone quarry, the house site is located within a natural clearing, which was also fortunately well elevated above the lower lying land and allows generous views across the 10 acre site, as well as ocean views. The site itself is quite exposed and characterized by rocky limestone outcrops interspersed across the sloping site, with dense vegetation to the east, screening the house from nearby Redgate Road, and coastal trees and scrub.. the house design has a cranked linear form, with the profiled steel roof extending down the outer walls to create a protective ‘shoulder’ against the elements, whilst the interior spaces within are more lightweight and open, and encourage interaction between inside and outside..The building materials were all selected for their durability, and combine to create a simple and industrial palette, which also responds to the colours and textures of the site itself. The profiled steel cladding is an important feature of the building form, achieving the distinctive low-pitched roof form, and with custom-made prickle-caps, creating the sharp lines of the folded roof form where the roof extends down the walls, to wide easy-clean gutters below. The floating, cantilevered concrete decks maximize the sense of elevation and lightness of the house, and creates a distinct edge between the house and landscape..”  Contextual sensibility, extensive glazing, natural light, views; pitched roof, material sensibility..

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image: © Craig Steere Architects; article: “Redgate Beach House / Craig Steere Architects” 30 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. <;


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