Bondi Back to the Future | LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Bondi Back to the Future | LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) | Photographer: Alphonsus Fok

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Bondi Back to the Future | LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Traditional Land Owners
Bidjigal, Birrabirragal and Gadigal people Eora Nation
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Interior Architecture
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Builder
NA
Photographer
Alphonsus Fok
Project summary

Bondi Back to the Future by Chris Bosse of LAVA plays with the 1960s dream of a technological future, and that vision realised in the 21st century.

A 1920s Californian bungalow with an outdated and convoluted 1970s renovation. The five bedroom, house is transformed into a four-bed four-bathroom house, in a desirable Bondi beach location. The retro-Jetsons look is a little bit space age, a little bit 60s, with inside/outside flow, adaptable spaces, latest technologies, natural materials, curvaceous shapes, responsive lighting and lots of glass.

Complex problem solving saw clever engineering replace solid walls and utilities that blocked the inside/outside flow. Within the same footprint, pivot doors, disappearing sliding doors and screens offer privacy, ventilation and connection to an infinity garden, a little oasis. Flexible internal spaces allow various configurations for different ambiences. The house runs on solar and natural ventilation. The client’s favourite designers are integral to the design
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The house immediately appealed to me as it reminded me of my own upbringing in the 70ties with timber cladding and free spirited vibe. However it was convoluted, had too many walls and and was back to front, with the laundry facing the garden.

The house now is a playful inside outside beach pad that allows for work and play in equal manner and has all the technologies built in that the 70ties could only dream about.
Every surface of the house is used and works in multiple ways, as seating, storage , lighting and as living artwork.

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Bondi Back to the Future | LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) | Photographer: Alphonsus Fok

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