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Issue 60 - The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

Issue 60

The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

HABITUS has always stood ahead of the rest with a dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom issue of exemplar standards. For issue 60 we have taken it up a notch with our Guest Editor the extraordinary, queen of kitchen design, Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke, speaking directly to Kitchen and Bathroom design with some increadable insights.

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Revelling in retirement: Bombala Residence by Sealand Architects
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Revelling in retirement: Bombala Residence by Sealand Architects

Australia

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David Chatfield

Bombala Residence is set upon an adaptable floorplan that pivots to meet the needs of a retired couple in a home designed to offer a comfortable environment for their golden years.


Sealand Architects designed the Bombala Residence as an atmosphere capable of redefining a lifestyle. When approached by a retired couple seeking a home to bask in the sun and maximise time with loved ones in their later years, the designers rose to the challenge.

“We had known the clients for some time in a professional capacity,” says David Teeland, Director at Sealand Architects. “They had assisted our architecture practice as a specialist consultant for over ten years. It was humbling that they selected us, out of all the architects they work with, to design their own house.”

The client’s brief was simple: the couple wanted a home to revel in their retirement, regardless of whether their mobility was reduced as they grew older. The home would also serve as a destination to host and spend time with loved ones, in an environment that connects with the surrounding environment. Thus, the design had to respond to the local subtropical climate and complement the unperturbed beach lifestyle.

The house is distinguished by its simple design and connection with the surrounding environment. The floorplan is set across the asymmetrically shaped site, emphasising flexibility and adaptability. The irregularity of the site posed a challenge, particularly because the clients wanted a dramatic double-height living space with excellent acoustics, where sound wouldn’t bounce around. “We researched acoustic principles and designed a timber batten ceiling with acoustic panels behind it,” Teeland explains. “The result is a beautiful six-metre-high open living space that is lovely and quiet.”

Designed to accommodate change, the house’s ground level is wheelchair accessible, with the garage, living areas and a second main bedroom all located there, allowing the clients to live entirely on the ground floor. The interior spaces are open and uncluttered, focusing on the interplay between the indoor and outdoor environments. The centrally positioned kitchen and covered outdoor living areas on the north and south sides improve the home’s circulation and natural ventilation. The house opens onto a central courtyard garden, pool and outdoor shower.

Meanwhile, natural light and shadow play a role in bringing external elements inside. Timber screens shade large glass areas from direct sunlight, creating intriguing shadow patterns. The house opens to the outside while also protecting from summer sun, rain and wind. Expansive timber-framed sliding glass doors and windows further connect the indoor spaces with the exterior. Bespoke window hoods and timber screens offer additional protection from the subtropical elements.

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Issue 60 - The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

Issue 60

The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

HABITUS has always stood ahead of the rest with a dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom issue of exemplar standards. For issue 60 we have taken it up a notch with our Guest Editor the extraordinary, queen of kitchen design, Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke, speaking directly to Kitchen and Bathroom design with some increadable insights.

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