Simplicity is the order of the day when you’re at the beach, and increasingly this is reflected in the design of modern beach houses.
This new holiday home, which was designed by architect Evelyn McNamara, comprises one large central pavilion with two smaller pods, one on either side. Not surprisingly, making the most of the view and providing a good indoor-outdoor flow were key considerations.
With this in mind, the architect designed a simple, galley-style kitchen in the main pavilion. This allows an easy flow out to a large deck that is flush with the floor.
“The house itself resembles a black box, so it appears to merge with the natural bush backdrop,” says McNamara. “This helped to determine the colour on the inside, where we have introduced white to create a bold contrast to the black – it’s a very stripped-back palette that plays on the separation of light and dark.”
In the open-plan living area the monochromatic look is defined by a white lacquered island with waterfall sides, dark-stained American oak cabinetry and a similar dark oak floor.
“We selected a crown-cut grain for the American oak on the wall cabinets, which has a much larger, textural grain than a quarter-sawn cut. This adds visual interest, while keeping the overall look quite minimal,” says the architect.