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South West Beach House
by Ecotect-Architects



In designing this beach house the challenge was to harmonize with the natural setting of the beach front at Eagle Bay which would result in an ecologically sustainable approach. The objective was to create a balance between the beautiful eucalypt and melaleuca forest which flows virtually to the beach with its rocky outcrops, and a man made structure. If not tastefully handled it could have been a visual and environmental blot on the landscape. It

is clearly a beach home worthy of any up market area in the world, such as California, designed for a temperate climate. The site made the passive solar design easy as this stretch of coast line is unusual in Western Australia in that it faces north. The style could be described as a blend of modernist and organic architecture. Clearly it is a 21st century expression, yet integrated in arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Dunsborough, WA
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.Project Team
Project architect: Mr James Shaw, Ecotect-Architects
Design architect: Mr Garry Baverstock, Ecotect-Architect
Structural consultant: Mr Gary Marocchi, Marocchi Engineering Group
Interior designer: Ms Jacquie McPhee, McPhee Jacquie Interiors
Builder: Down South Building Co.
Other Team Members : Dean Robinson and Rod Jurich

Photographs by Ecotect-Architects, text by Ecotect-Architects

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects