Australian seaside cottage gets a refreshing contemporary overhaul

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This beautiful seaside cottage was completely transformed by architect Bryant Alsop, located in Shoreham, a seaside town south of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The homeowners had purchased this 1920s cottage in total disrepair, with the desire to transform this home into a weekend retreat for themselves and their adult children. The architects not only renovated the existing cottage, but also included a contemporary addition to meet the lifestyle needs of its inhabitants.

The newly completed cottage features a wonderful, eclectic aesthetic, where reclaimed and industrial furnishings creates a welcoming atmosphere. The original character was retained, while the Australian bush setting was maximized from every angle throughout this cottage.

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“The floor plan zones the guest bedrooms and sitting room in the original cottage, while three pitched ‘pods’ step down the sloping site and contain Kitchen, Living and Master Bedroom,” states the architects. This project faced many challenges, which includes linking the old with the new, working with the slope of the property, zoning private and guest accommodation, and maximizing the outlook and natural light despite the south-facing site.

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What We Love: This wonderful seaside cottage offers its inhabitants a comfortable and inviting family retreat to enjoy for years to come. From the sleek kitchen to the sunken living room, there are plenty of eye-catching details throughout this home that showcases the beautiful work the architects did on this renovation project. We are also loving the wrap around balcony space, inviting indoor-outdoor living.

Readers, please share with us in the comments what details in this renovation project most inspires you and why! 

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Above: A wood burning fireplace in the living room creates an exquisite focal point. The living area is sunken down from the kitchen, with steps on either side of the fireplace for access.

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Above: An artist’s studio was created at one end of this cottage, boasting large windows to offer a luminous space to work. The spectacular landscape views helps to inspire creativity.

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Photos: Rhiannon Slatter

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Nicola Gerety
6 years ago

I just love this – the dark exterior is very striking with the contrasting architraves, I love the way they have changed the floor level inside to break up the pace, the unusual shapes of the windows, the great amount of light, the way is is in sections and wraps around a courtyard space. Just what I have been looking for in a design. And the floor finishes are beautiful. :)