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e key, Gavin says, is to choose a high
quality, timeless design -- a sentiment
echoed by many architects including
Richard Szklarz, who always opts for simple
elegance rather than flashy features when
designing for the waterfront.
"None of us is good enough to challenge
nature but we can use it to inspire us,"
" e building needs to complement the
view not work against or detract from it.
What you don't want is a fashion statement,
as that's controlled by colour and features.
e water is the reason owners chose the site
so you need to create something that is, in
effect, a viewing platform."
In cases where optimising the view
requires elevation, the result will usually be
a second storey. In one of Richard's recently
completed projects, a beach house in
Wannanup, that is where he's positioned the
main living and eating spaces.
" e problem that comes from building
upwards is that you are, in some ways,
dislocating yourself from nature, sand and
sea," he says.
"Deciding to build up means you must
be content to passively enjoy the view
as opposed to being totally amongst it at
ground level. We compensated for this
dislocation by adding an additional exterior
staircase so you can move from entertaining
on the upstairs deck to the beach without
going inside the house."
e home's kitchen, meals and family
areas are as much a part of the deck as they
are the interior, thus enabling you to retreat
" e building needs to
complement the view,
not work against or
detract from it. What
you don't want is a
fashion statement, as
that's controlled by
colour and features."
KITCHEN CHAMELEON: Designed to intentionally blur
the lines between inside and out, this home's upper floor
living area can be completely opened up to the view by
stacking back two large banks of bifold glass doors.
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