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Clovelly | Sweeping statement
Mary Ellen Hudson Architects shared
this respect for concrete and, using it as
the hero material, designed a statuesque
home that provided abundant natural light
and access to the northeast sea breezes. This
celebration of the environment translated
effortlessly into the other material choices.
As well as the concrete, sandstone and
western red cedar resonated with Mary
Ellen Hudson as the obvious inclusions
in a hard-wearing, sculptural home.
Dramatic curves sweep throughout the
home, generating a sense of spaces being
carved out, or peeled away to expose more.
But while they are resplendent as details
and make a subtle reference to the sway of
the cliff and waves beyond the walls, the
curves resulted from a direct response to
the constraints of the site. Neighbouring
homes limited the potential for natural
light and privacy, Mary Ellen explains.
“I created a void in the centre of the
house that became a funnel form, drawing
in light and air, and also collecting roof
water to a 20,000-litre water tank under the
house. This lent itself to the curved central
form, which then informed the rest of the
curved forms throughout the house.”
04 The home’s central void lies behind the striking curve
in the master bedroom. Windows reveal themselves as you
move around into the ensuite, and lead your eye to the internal
garden and pond below.
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