24 May 2018
Drawing inspiration from nature, Koichi Takada Architects have designed a waterfront property that gives a nod to tropical resort living.
Blessed with 40 meters of uninterrupted beach frontage, the views of this Pittwater home were always going to be its main feature. It was up to architect Koichi Takada and builder Jake Wall of J Group Projects to create a home that would respect the nature of the site while meeting the brief of a place that was reminiscent of a luxurious tropical resort.
When the clients purchased the waterfront property they aspired to create a home that embodied a year-round holiday feel. “My initial design vision was to create a house that represented a sanctuary: one that is a peaceful retreat hidden from the world and constantly allows us to connect with nature”, said Koichi who believes, in such an enviable setting, design shouldn’t speak too loudly. Instead, it should let nature do the work.
Beyond the view, it was the aroma of the surrounding mature eucalyptus trees and the rhythm of the waves that resonated with Koichi. “I remember when first visiting with my clients, I felt that the site had a calming effect on us,” he explained. “Nature is very much alive in the house.”
“When I designed the house, I let nature design it. As a result, the eucalyptus aroma radiates, and the sound of waves travels and echoes throughout the rooms. Nature is very much alive in the house.” Koichi Takada
For Jake, capitalising on the nature was also very much at the forefront of the build. “We needed to do the site justice by making every aspect of the home feel as though you were either immersed in the beautiful Pittwater or amongst the spotted gum trees.”
Drawing on the inspiration of travels to resorts in Mexico and the Maldives, a simple palette of natural materials including sandstone, marble, timber and concrete that complimented the surroundings was used throughout the interior and exterior of the home. Towering sandstone walls combined with the off-form concrete visually anchor the building to the waterfront site and reinforce the coastal aesthetic.
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