This project is a private residence located in Oak Flats, a small town on the South Coast of NSW. The project is sited on the edge of Lake Illawarra, with stunning views over Burroo Bay, toward Lake Illawarra and the Illawarra escarpment to the north.
The house is for a young couple and their growing family. The brief was to create a house that responded to the clients desire for ‘a life lived outside’ yet still met all their spatial, storage and functional requirements.
The project is broken into two elements, the first, containing a garage/workshop and guest room fronting the street and the second containing the ‘public’ communal areas on the lower level and the ‘private’ sleeping areas on the upper, both fronting the lake.
The lower living area is glazed on both sides, providing views toward the decked pool area to the south and toward the lake and distant escarpment to the north, visually connecting the interior spaces with the surrounding environment. Elements such as high ceilings, open stair and a walk around kitchen/pantry all reinforce the sense of openness and the connection to the outside.