New South Wales
Bronte house is a calm, quiet, private oasis in this popular and densely populated area. There is a strong relationship with the epicness of the coastal landscape and the specialness of the natural environment. The house is monolithic and elemental, as if it were carved from a solid block of brickwork by sun, wind and time. At the same time, it is neighbourly, following the subdivision pattern, and sliced off in plan and section to preserve sun and privacy to South-facing rear gardens. It is a celebration of light – direct light, shadows, reflected light and patterns. Light bouncing off the pool David Hockneys up the reflector wall. Light bouncing off the neighbours red tile roof refracts like stained glass through the brick screened windows. The close attention paid to resolved detailing belies the hose-out casualness of beachside living.