Privately Enclosed – Main Beach House by BDA Architecture
Able to be opened and closed in response to the surrounds, Main Beach House stands steadfast in its subtropical climate. BDA Architecture crafts a robust and bold expression of form, focusing on a linear approach that frames views outward and encourages a sense of connection and generosity both internally and with the landscape.
Nestled into a residential setting, the somewhat challenging constraints of the site ensure the resulting form of Main Beach House integrates an efficient approach to planning with a rigorous intent. In contrast to its subtropical conditions, the residence can be well ventilated in alignment with the shifting weather throughout the year. Challenging the norms of residential planning, where open and connected living spaces occupy the ground level, these elements are instead risen to the first floor to provide access to views out. BDA Architecture then creates a more recessive weaving of the retreat areas on the lower level, layering both purpose and a sense of reclusion.
In considering the enduring nature of the home, a more solid and anchored materiality forms the outer shell. In its intended longevity, the form becomes a statement of time and permanence. Comprised of off-form concrete panels, both the vertical and horizontal planes are shaped by the intersecting of clearly defined lines, with openings allowing sightlines to connect within and out into the natural elements. Integrating both timber and glass among the more muted grey elements brings a soft and tactile addition.
The inverted planning allows the upper level to connect to the Broadwater skyline. In an expression of its proximity to the ocean, and as a modern take on the traditional Queenslander-style home, the elevation of the core living areas allows a continuance of that legacy. Set among a newly curated landscape, the raw and honest finish of the concrete is softened by the dense and lush foliage, which buffers the solid nature of the home.