Textured Coastal – Hollywood by Oscar Sainsbury Architects and Insider Outsider
Expanding on from the original silhouette form, Hollywood sees an extension and restoration of a coastal home to accommodate the fluctuations of coming guests and the need for an ingrained flexibility. Oscar Sainsbury Architects and Insider Outsider combine to reimagine the spaces, creating a more relevant and connected series of zones that are outwardly focused in connection to the surrounding context.
Wrapped in pale vertical timber battens, Hollywood draws influence both from the surrounding contextual vernacular and the more traditional coastal aesthetic. Just as homes along the coast have a similar and binding familiarity – both through materiality and the limitations those elements impose – Hollywood expands on the original form of the home while using found timber pieces from the existing site and other timeworn forms, repurposing them into the new. In realising the vision, Oscar Sainsbury Architects and Insider Outsider increase the overall footprint and volume of the home to accommodate a changing roster.
Built by Cordell Projects, Hollywood sits within Smiths Beach as an occasional and weekend home for its owners. Originally designed in 1977 by John Baird, the form sat as one level on the site and needed refreshing and elevating. In extending on from the original materiality, a stripped back and less formal approach was used throughout, binding the old and new and overlaying a fresh yet robust resilience. The additional two-story element matches the original in scale and repurposes the discarded and demolished elements on site, repositioning the original staircase and integrating joinery pieces to suit a revised means of engaging with the home.
Softening the building edge and its otherwise rectilinear form, landscape design by Coastal Native Gardens provides both privacy and a physical buffer between the inside and the neighbouring properties. While the upper elements of the two-level home poke skyward, offering glimpses of the bold form, the overall tonality and textural nature of the timber ensures its presence is lessened in a way, intended to become more and more disguised amongst the landscape over time. The encasing materiality also embodies a similar camouflage, unsealed and accepting of a natural grey patina in response to the coastal elements.
Through an anticipated lens of high traffic and vigorous use, Hollywood is prepared for its incoming guests and the animation with which its future looks to unfold. By selecting proven and weathering materiality without ornate detailing and fuss, Oscar Sainsbury Architects and Insider Outsider ensure an ideal family holiday home.