How much fun would it be to have a retreat like this to escape to in the summer months? Or winter for that matter. I love the mix of contemporary and rustic cabin of the interior and each space is whimsical and lounge-y. Located on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire and designed by Kate Maloney.
A striking combination of stone and timber, brick and polished concrete in a house with an easy flow between inside and out. It’s all about contemporary family living at the beach with plenty of space for entertaining friends. It’s about contrasts but also unity, void and solid, black and white. Tawarri by Gold Coast, Queensland based Reece Keil Design.
“Divided through the centre, the house draws light from above. A central skylight illuminates the bridging circulation spaces while a double height void running East to West provides fresh air and ventilation.
On a street primarily populated with semi-detached dwellings, this single dwelling house has been carefully designed to reflect its symmetrical neighbours. Elements of symmetry can be seen at first floor level. While the ground floor remains asymmetrical in use with the garage located to the East of the site, the building form has been intentionally divided creating a rhythm of solid and void similar to the front rooms and entry portico’s of a semi-detached development. Thoughtful consideration of materiality, colour and detail reflective of the surrounding streetscape was encompassed and deliberately reduced to a minimal palate creating a contemporary echo of its surroundings.”
Fluid, organic lines, natural material palette, emphasis on texture and playful exploration of solid and voids. Contemporary seaside living, Bondi Brise at Bondi Beach by Stafford.
Photography by Anson Smart
Sophisticated and achingly cool but relaxed and seemingly effortless. The perfect mix of old and new, sustainable and bespoke. Shelly Craft’s Belongil Beach house by Jase Sullivan.
Photography by Michael Lean
From the American countryside we are now off to the French seaside at Saint-Jean-de-Luz. This family vacation house by Paris-based Sophie de L’Epine epitomises the laid back sophistication of the French beach style. So evocative of warm breezes, the smell of salt in the air and the hum of insects. There is sand on the floor, towels draped on stylish yet hard working furniture and the promise of an endless, carefree summer.