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Wave House Bondi, Sydney, Australia

Saturday 06 Jan 2007

Bondi House causes waves at the Beach

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The Wave House is located in an eclectic residential area one street back from Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The brief was to capture ‘the spirit of Bondi’ in a home that is both a beach house and a stylish urban dwelling. The line of the wave is the unifying element running through the house. It forms an entry wing over the garage at the south and rises to give greater height to the living room at the north end. In between, the ceiling curves overhead at the main stair in the centre where the lower and upper levels fold into one another. The solid lower level is rendered masonry and the upper level is clad in translucent glass, reflecting water. The translucent or metal walls act like a membrane, reflecting or distorting the light like the ocean. The experience of space involves slippage; one space slides into another space. This transition is enhanced by the use of materials. Different materials signify layers or strata. In the living area different layers of the curve slide over each other and blur the distinction between inside and outside.

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Tony Owen NDM Architects

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