The Ark is the renovation, renewal and third interpretation of a holiday home by Bower Architecture, located in Point Lonsdale , a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The residence has been enjoyed by the same family for 60 years. The original 1950’s beach shack was renovated in the early 1980’s and designed by architect and former National President of the AIA John Castles.
Description from the architect:
The Ark is the latest evolution of the dwelling, necessitated by a growing extended family and constant wear of the tough coastal environment. The existing house included a striking two storey curved wall, second storey raking roof and timber cladding oriented at 45 degrees. The challenging brief asked to retain and celebrate these elements whilst enlarging the living spaces to create a light filled, relaxed and playful family beach house.
The refurbishment of the original building included a complete recladding in spotted gum shiplap angled at 45 degrees. Notions of a continuous timber skin wrapping a sculptural form are evident and are further emphasised by the addition of a timber rain screen over the raking roof.
The new addition, added to the northern side of the existing building, increases the size of the kitchen and living spaces as well as providing an attached bedroom/bathroom pavilion. Whist the refurbished original building appears sculpted and smoothed over time, the new building is bolder and sharply rectilinear in form.
Clad in a rougher, radially-cut pine board and batten system, sections are carved away to reveal warm timbers and living space beneath. Demarcation of old and new is critical to The Ark and culminates in a slice (appearing as windows and skylight) between the original building and new. Internally, the language of the original design is reinterpreted with tiling and kitchen timber ceiling often oriented at 45 degrees and the curved island kitchen bench reminiscent of the curved external wall. Externally the sloping topography of the site encourages a stepped outdoor living area that traces the site downwards.
Photos: Shannon McGrath
Ski Shores Lakehouse is a modest weekend lake house that has been skillfully designed by Stuart Sampley Architect, located in Austin, Texas. The spirit of traditional Texas dogtrot-style architecture is modernly refined in this retreat.
Description from the architect: Two volumes flank a central porch that’s naturally cooled by lake breezes, capped on each end by tall, swinging gates for privacy and security, and anchored by a substantial outdoor dining table.
On one side, a sleek, modern kitchen is minimal in material but heavy on style and storage. A sunken living room— highlighted by rich warm wood underfoot — exudes comfort and is the ideal spot to escape the Texas summer heat. On the other side of the porch, cozy bedrooms balance the house, featuring big windows offering views of the Texas landscape.
The home’s materials were sourced regionally and chosen to last; exterior walls made of gray Texas Lueders Limestone mix with Southern yellow pine to create a natural palette that requires no maintenance. It’s a weekend getaway the homeowner can enjoy for decades to come.
Photos: Casey Dunn
Wave House is a contemporary weekend beach house retreat that was designed by Mark Dziewulski Architect, situated in beautiful Malibu Beach, California. The form of the 3,200 square foot house takes its inspiration from its context: the beach and waves.
Description from the architects: It is literally cantilevered over the surf, which passes beneath it at high tide. It has an exceptional location as it positioned at the end of a long open stretch of beach and has views on three sides. Being the end house also makes it highly visible to the 50,000 cars that pass each day along the Pacific Coast Highway, a scenic road that hugs the coastline at this point. The main spaces open up towards the surf with a wall of glass and extensive decks, which have fire pits. This indoor/outdoor relationship was very important to the client. The compact plan was carefully designed to provide views form all the main rooms, with large open spaces and maximum flexibility for entertaining. This is foremost a weekend getaway house.
The design evokes memories of yachts, bathing machines and cranes, reflecting its program as a form raised up and hanging over the sea. It appears almost machine-like — as though the floors were lifted and hoisted over the waves. The angled structure for the house is held back from the beach side to allow fully glazed facades overlooking the sea. This diagonal also reinforces the drama of the cantilever and creates a tension in the composition, hovering over the surf. It is an unusual site as it the end house along a row of adjacent homes and therefore has three visible facades. It was very important that the house was visually activated on all sides, while being more private and sheltering on the street side. The curves of the windows mirror the movement of the sea, which they literally reflect.
It was built on the footings of an existing house so we didn’t need to touch beach or disturb the natural environment. It was possible to recycle framing and structure and transform them into something entirely new without having to demolish and rebuild — saving a lot of landfill.
Photos: Courtesy of Mark Dziewulski Architect
Ecopark is known as a new green urban area with a lot of ancient trees, low building density and the house seems to be hidden behind the trees. The client brief was a house to rest and relax every weekend.
Description from the architects: The rule is architect can only intervene the inner spaces, not to change the outside perspective to avoid affecting of general landscape of the area. The existing characteristics of the project (location, demand) was the basis point for architect oriented design ideas: pure, simple and a bit rustic with delicate details.
The rule is architect can only intervene the inner spaces, not to change the outside perspective to avoid affecting of general landscape of the area.
The existing characteristics of the project (location, demand) was the basis point for architect oriented their design ideas : pure, simple and abit rustic with delicate details.
Ground floor layout is changed to bring more comfort and fit new demands. Side terrace is connected to the living space inside by using slide and fold door system.
A big void has been created in the middle of space bringing better connectivity between spaces (horizontal and vertical). Two wooden fin blocks are released into space, becoming the focal point of the house. This wooden block is folded from wall (2nd floor) to ceiling (1st floor) and also help to hide all technical system on 1st ceiling.
Dining table located under the void, receiving maximum natural light and ventilation from outside.
Polished concrete, cement wall, bamboo, and solid wood for interior furniture are the main materials exploit throughout the project. Finishing materials is rustic but delicate details
Finally, Client had a weekend house with open spaces, quiet and really relaxed. That’s the point we want!
Photos: Hoang Le
From the architect: Simple and sophisticated interior and exterior that harmonizes with the site. Like the integration of the flat roof element into the main gabled form next to garage. It negotiates the line between traditional and modernist forms and details successfully.
This single-family vacation home on the Michigan shoreline accomplished the balance of large, glass window walls with the quaint beach aesthetic found on the neighboring dunes. Drawing from the vernacular language of nearby beach porches, a composition of flat and gable roofs was designed. This blending of rooflines gave the ability to maintain the scale of a beach cottage without compromising the fullness of the lake views.
The result was a space that continuously displays views of Lake Michigan as you move throughout the home. From the front door to the upper bedroom suites, the home reminds you why you came to the water’s edge, and emphasizes the vastness of the lake view.
Marvin Windows helped frame the dramatic lake scene. The products met the performance needs of the challenging lake wind and sun. Marvin also fit within the budget, and the technical support made it.
Photos: Hedrich Blessing
Chalet Bear is a wonderful private luxury chalet recently refurbished to a modern standard, located in the exclusive ski resort of Klosters, Switzerland. Recently named as one of the top ten private chalets in Switzerland, it sits on a small hill, with sensational views and a five minute walk to the lifts and centre of the village. The chalet offers cozy sitting rooms, bedrooms with wonderful linen, and three fireplaces (one of which can be found in the master bedroom). It also features beautiful balconies and a terrace overlooking the stunning vista of the resort.
One of the last log chalets left in Klosters, this chocolate box of a chalet was completely refurbished in 2006. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and sleeps 8 people. A dedicated chef and house keeper will look after your every need, whilst you can relax in front of a roaring fire after a great days skiing. Seven nights for eight people sharing costs from $13,585, including accomm-odation, breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner with house wine and complimentary bar, from here.
Mountain Escape is a modern Danish home with a traditional Maine feel, designed by Priestley + Associates Architecture, located in Northport, Maine. While vacationing in Maine, the owners had desired a modern Danish home with a traditional Maine feel where they could cook, relax, and entertain.
This home has a minimalist feel and takes advantage of sweeping views of Penobscot Bay, optimal solar orientation, and extremely efficient heating systems. Exterior trellises and flat roofs were incorporated to allow the natural world to interact with the facade.
Priestley & Associates Architecture is a full service practice based in Rockport, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. With emphasis on exceptional design, we create unique and original buildings to satisfy our client’s needs, often drawing inspiration from historical precedents. To us, the most successful designs appear to have a timeless quality and connectedness to their location. Our work has been featured in magazines across New England including, Maine Home + Design, New England Home, Downeast and Cottage Living. You can also find our work books including The New Cottage Home and Cottage Style.
Photos: Trent Bell
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