Beach House on Stilts / Luigi Rosselli Architects

Beach house on stilts / luigi rosselli architects

Architect’s Statement: High above the ground this cottage by the beach is secure from any rise in sea level and is now the restful retreat of a cultured couple.

Beach house on stilts / luigi rosselli architects
© Edward Birch

Above the existing bungalow a new first floor was added with their study and bedroom, and a captain’s deck aimed at the beach breakers view. The first floor additions are discrete and set back to maintain the street cottage character.

Beach house on stilts / luigi rosselli architects
© Justin Alexander

The existing front veranda now extends with a wider side covered terrace, linked to the central kitchen and dining room. Behind the white picket fence on the front street, a circular stair leads to a relaxed timber veranda , ultramarine weatherboards and the original white timber windows make for a breezy, summery house.

Beach house on stilts / luigi rosselli architects
© Justin Alexander

Bleached interiors reverberate with classical violin practices and hold a myriad of books encased in every wall stud and recess. The sea breeze naturally cools the easily opened rooms.

At the back of the house, facing into a small tropical garden dense with palms and ferns, there is a garden room with a massive sliding shutter that can be secured and protects the fully furnished room when no one is at home. The stair takes position centre stage in the house, supported by a solid stud wall filled with bookshelves and bathed in light.

Beach house on stilts / luigi rosselli architects
© Justin Alexander

The additions are weaved through the old home with playfulness and sympathy towards the old timberwork and the relaxed atmosphere of the stilted beach bungalow.

Project Details:
Location: Collaroy, New South Wales, Australia
Architects: Luigi Rosselli Architects
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli, Edward Birch
Project Architect: Edward Birch, Irene Brugueras (Joinery)
Interior Designer: Luigi Rosselli, Edward Birch
Builder: Stonewood Construction Pty Ltd
Structural Consultant: Rooney & Bye (Australia) Pty Ltd
Photographs: Justin Alexander, Edward Birch

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