Mesa Aldinga Beach | Architects Ink

Mesa Aldinga Beach | Architects Ink | Photographer: Sam Noonan

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Mesa Aldinga Beach | Architects Ink

Traditional Land Owners
The Kaurna People

South Australia

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Sam Noonan
Project summary

Six dwellings located along the Aldinga Esplanade have stepped frontages, like birds in flight, each house is given their own identity.

The entrance is reminiscent of an underside of a jetty with exposed beams overhead, connecting the rear yard to the beach, where surfboards and towels can patiently wait until the next ocean visit.

Insertion of an internal courtyard brings ample light into the center of the dwelling. The skillion roof invites morning light over the kitchen, at its lowest point serves to shield the living areas from the afternoon sun. The combination of high-level windows and horizon views establishes a connection to both the sea and sky.

Material selections are humble. Exposed rafters unify internal and external spaces. The activities of the homes sit between robust concrete blockwork, offering a sense of permanence and protection.

Mesa encourages relaxation, where the sea breeze flows through and sandy footprints are welcomed.

Our new beach house has exceeded all our expectations from the design to the memories that have come with it.

This home has proven to be very practical and low maintenance. We love to spontaneously drop in overnight or call it a base for weeks on end. The space has really bought our teenage family closer together with its ability to be both a relaxation sanctuary to an entertaining space.

We love how the beach seamlessly flows through the home and the sun penetrates the right times of the day, complementing the raw materials and finishes.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Landskap, Landscape Architect
TMK Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer

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