Wall House, Australia
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
By John Dugan
Photos by Lime Graphic Media (Mark Cooper)
It's strangely warm in Chicago this week—and we can help pretending that we've jetted off for a vacation somewhere. The warm breezes have us wondering if we're just a few football fields away from the beach... maybe staying in this Dane Design home on the Aussie dunes. The exposed site invites the winds in from across the bay. It's called the wall house for its 800mm thick solid concrete structure which features aluminum shutters that be opened or closed to the prevailing winds. When closed, the pool sits within a north-facing courtyard which the building wraps around.
Upper floor houses the bedrooms and bathrooms, while the family room and office are on a split middle level and the guest bedroom down on the ground floor. The kitchen, dining and lounge room sport views to the beach and over the pool from the ground floor. Comprised of concrete and painted compressed cement sheeting, the house's exterior is all about durability and texture. Internally light colored with contrasting dark oak timber on the cabinets and walls, large ceramic floor tiles from recycled material were used throughout.