South Pacific

Culburra Beach

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The brief was to create a relaxed contemporary beach style dwelling on the plateau part of the property the disappears over a cliff face and meets the Pacific Ocean.

The site is located with a northern orientation with views across the beach, extending to Crookhaven Heads and beyond Coolangatta mountain and to Black Head at Gerroa.

The building was intended not to feel to 'Heavy' and as such predominantly light weight external.

In addition to a north facing verandah accessed via the main living space of the building, the owners wished to create an additional outdoor area that would be protected regardless of the wind direction, yet still encapsulate the spectacular northern views. This was achieved by designing an internal Courtyard which opens up from the main living area with bi-fold doors. From the street the front terrace and roof which extends partly over the courtyard gives the appearance of a front entrance door. Visitor are pleasantly surprised when they enter into an external space that reveals the stunning views through the building.

The owners of the building payed homage to the original cottage that was demolished for the new dwelling, by reusing the name and signage of the original building "South Pacific".