Cypreś | Shane Denman Architects

Cypreś | Shane Denman Architects | Photographer: Brock Beazley Photography

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Cypreś | Shane Denman Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Yugambeh Language People // People of the Yugambeh Language Region



Gold Coast and Northern Rivers

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Merico Constructions
Brock Beazley Photography
Project summary

Located between coastal suburban development and beach shacks, Cypreś elevates itself to capture spectacular views over the Gold Coast coastline and Hinterland.

A second dwelling recently built at the rear of the site by the client ultimately determined the footprint of the new home. Restricting the ground floor footprint and appreciating the glorious views once we got above ground level, we explored vertical construction and how to achieve a family home within these constraints. The narrow vertically stacked form encapsulates modest design and subtle detail over 4 levels and creates a vernacular that is different than that of its surroundings, with subtle weathering warm tones and refined form.

The external materiality is embraced internally throughout the project, the selection of light oak flooring and joinery complementing the mid tones of the aging cypress cladding. The restrained material palette throughout frames a coastal home illuminated by natural light.

The design provides instantly relaxing spaces when we enter the home and makes us feel like we are permanently on holidays. The use of timber both inside and outside complements the concrete which is really low maintenance and reflects the native trees surrounding the home and the extensive, visually appealing landscaping. The functional mix of many indoor and outdoor spaces provide lots of options for family living across multiple generations. The design maximises the stunning views of both the ocean and the hinterland. We love living at Cypres and sharing our home with family and friends.

Project Practice Team

Jorden Payne-Cooper, Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

A Peart Building Design, Energy Consultant
Acoustic Works, Acoustic Consultant
Axis Building Certification, Certifier
Boyd & Moore, Surveyor
Geleon, Traffic Consultant
Geotechniques Foundation Engineering, Geotech
Reserve, Landscape Consultant
Westera Partners, Structural Engineer

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