Appearing as if to emerge from the surrounding landscape, Cove House by Alwill Architecture is a beautifulhouse of refuge and retreat. Light-filled, open and tranquil, the residence embraces the beauty of its natural environment.
Situated between Little Manly Beach and Collins Beach, the beautifulhouse occupies a narrow waterfront site on the northern side of Sydney Harbour, butting against North Head, Sydney’s national park. In light of the property’s unique location, the design brief emphasised the importance of connecting the house to the outdoors – practically and abstractly – from the external architecture to the interior design.
In adherence to the brief, Dangar Barin Smith ensures that the landscape architecture of Cove House heroes the views to the harbour and the proximity to the national park. A selection of upright plantings and climbing plants sensitively integrates the garden with the adjacent native bushland whilst softening the harsh edges of the contemporary façade. The pool expresses a similar sense of consideration: the edges drop away to reveal the peanut-shaped lawn below and harbour beyond.
The architecture and interior design of Cove House continuously encourages engagement with the natural surroundings, referring to the harbour and bushland in various levels of subtlety. Timber joinery runs throughout the beautifulhouse as a material nod towards the national park whilst fabrics in green and earthy tones feature in the living rooms and bedrooms. The beautifulhouse is filled with glazing and operable windows that can be effortlessly opened to blend the indoor and outdoor spaces in a direct manner. More discreetly, the addition of concrete to the material palette enhances the calming character of the house and – in areas such as the entryway, bathrooms and kitchen – creates a compelling piece of enduring visual theatre when washed with shifting natural light.
A beautifulhouse, Cove House allows residents to immerse themselves in the harmonic scenes of harbour and parkland. The collaboration between Alwill Architecture and Dangar Barin Smith sees a singular design intent championed within all aspects of the home.
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Architecture by Alwill Architecture. Photography by Prue Ruscoe. Interior Design by Alwill Interiors. Landscape Architecture by Dangar Barin Smith. Structural Engineering by Partridge. Build by Buildability Constructions. Filmed and Edited by O&Co. Production by The Local Project.