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This fantastic Australian beach house blurs the indoor outdoor boundaries

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This Australian beach house was designed by Olson Kundig Architects, nestled in the sand dunes of Bilgola Beach on the northern coast of Sydney. Passing through palm trees and Norfolk Pines, the site’s entrance leads through the solid volumes of the home’s main and guest wings. Upon approaching the front door, the view opens up to the sand dune and beach beyond.

Responding to the beachfront environment of its headland site, the home is designed to withstand Australia’s dramatic climate conditions, where harsh sunlight, high winds, and flooding are common. The structure is set on concrete piles, allowing sand and water to move in and out beneath the building.

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The design allows the family to connect with the natural environment, with shaded retractable window walls that merge inside with the outside while providing passive ventilation. An interior courtyard brings filtered daylight into the core of the home, where a central water feature helps to cool the air.

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The color of the home’s board-formed concrete walls references the color of the local sands, relating the architecture to its site and helping it merge with the natural condition of the headlands as it weathers over time. There is a total of 9,400-square-feet of living space in this spectacular family beach house.

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What We Love: This Australian beach house offers its inhabitants a sleek design aesthetic with a fabulous indoor-outdoor connection. Retractable walls of glass can be easily opened and closed to connect to nature while also bringing in fresh breezes. Overall, we are loving the clean lines of this home and the minimal material palette… and of course the fantastic ocean views!

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design aesthetics of this dwelling? Is there anything you would change if this were your family home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other spectacular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home, Olson Kundig Architects: Net-zero cabin provides an urban refuge that communes with nature and Beach house sanctuary floats above the forest floor in Tofino, BC.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Rory Gardiner Photography

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