MPR Design Group have designed this exquisite house on Hewlett Street in Bronte, Australia. It is located on the northern flank of the Bronte gully with views towards Bronte beach and the coastline beyond. The design response was to place the living spaces on the upper floor as better views and more light were available. The bedrooms were located on the middle floor as this was more private and enclosed. The lowest floor has a rumpus area linking the garden and swimming pool to the house. The underlying design intent was to explore the notion of “prospect and refuge” within a contemporary family house. The “prospect” was the beach and coast views to the south of the site which changes constantly depending on the season, weather and time of day. The “refuge” was the other desirable character where we created a quality of space that provides a sense of sanctuary, enclosure and comfort. Detail elements have drawn upon surrounding natural forms for inspiration. For example, the angled bands on the front façade reference the tree branches of the native eucalyptus. They also serve as a privacy screen for the dining space behind the façade.

 

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