Sun, surf and blue skies are central to our west coast lifestyle, and Giorgi’s inventive new
City Beach residence responds with an air of laid-back luxury.
A barefoot beachy vibe meets modernist architectural sophistication.
Located in Branksome Gardens, City Beach a short stroll from the ocean, it’s a home designed for
a young family who love the relaxed beachside lifestyle and also relish a progressive approach to architecture.
The brief was to build a home that embraced the location on the doorstep of the beach. It needed
to accommodate an expanding family with bedrooms and multiple living zones.
Style-wise, it needed to be contemporary, sophisticated and bold, yet timeless in its appeal.
The site is more than 630sqm, elevated with a long northern boundary, rising quickly then falling
at the rear. This allowed for an innovative split-level design over four levels, including a mezzanine floor.
At nearly 700sqm, it’s a sizeable home of soaring volumes and voids. But thanks to clever design
it feels cosy and homely.
Because the environment near the ocean can be harsh, the exterior frontage is finished in dark metal
cladding that shields the home from the weather to the south-west.
This forms a “shell”, protecting the interior of the home on the north and north-eastern orientations
which have a warm and homely feel in contrast to the exterior. Our architect named the home
“the sunburnt turtle” because the concept can be related to a turtle living in its shell.
Inside are many wow factors including 10 skylights positioned deep within the ceiling reveals, showcasing
the sky and movements of the sun throughout the day and flooding the home with natural light.
Off-form concrete ceilings are also used, balanced by other more luxurious materials. An example
is the use of bluestone that has been sandblasted and then belted with leather making it visually
textured while soft to touch.
Metalwork also features throughout the design, including shading devices that articulate the elevations
to create visual interest.
Straight lines contrast with sinuous concrete curves, from the welcoming entry
to other points throughout the home.
Our clients enjoy entertaining family and friends, and the glamorous kitchen is a hub for gathering
over good food and wine. It features four Miele ovens, an induction cooktop, bench-mounted
motorised rangehood and integrated fridge and freezer, as well as a concealed larder to hide the mess.
A cellar room has space for 1500 bottles of wine and 3 Vintec fridges which ensures guests
never go thirsty. Cheers!
For enquiries please contact 9444 0206.