Fascinating with its imposing, bespoke architecture, the Waterfront House Coogee sits on an oceanfront property in a beach suburb of Randwick, Australia. Combining powerful primitive influences with wood insertions, details and furniture, the welcoming residence is part of MPR Design Group‘s residential portfolio. The Sydney-based architecture studio created an architecture capable of engaging with the breathtaking surroundings in a casual way. Overlooking the ocean, the Waterfront House Coogee features 550 square meters of interior spaces, elaborately connected to the outdoors via large sliding doors and carefully placed windows.
With terraces adorned with wooden pergolas, the family retreat was designed to create a comfortable transition from the customized interior spaces to the inviting entertaining outdoor areas. A collection of stairs connecting the different areas of the house create a subtle merger between the white structure and the warm wooden details. Finished off with an infinity pool, the Waterfront House Coogee leaves a deep impression of the viewer – all we need to know now is what impressed you the most.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts