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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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Sunrise House By MCK Architects Embraces The Horizon
HomesThida Sachathep

Sunrise House By MCK Architects Embraces The Horizon

Australia

Sunrise House, a beachfront home by MCK Architects on the South Coast of New South Wales, is designed for a family of four with a palette that withstands the coastal weather.


More often than not, architects take advantage of the landscape – if the site permits – by framing views through floor-to-ceiling windows or even the material palette. Doing so creates a strong narrative between the built and natural environment and allows the architecture to nestle in the landscape without any disruption. Sunrise House by MCK Architects, in the same manner, is finely articulated and designed with flexible timber screens that allow the house to open up or completely shut down.

Centred between the road and the beach, MCK Architects designed Sunrise House with materials that withstand coastal conditions in order to increase longevity in materials and construction.

Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson walkway
Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson greenery outdoor

Generously proportioned, Sunrise house sits within the dunes and embraces the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. Owing to the simple floor plan, the house is efficiently organised to provide the family with as many shared moments as it does private ones.

From the street, the architecture stands out within dense foliage and is embraced by the community. Clad with solid recycled timber, the façade opens up for natural light and ventilation while maintaining privacy.

Owing to the simple floor plan, the house is efficiently organised to provide the family with as many shared moments as it does private ones.

Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson entrance doorway
Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson hallway

Bedrooms, positioned on the lower level of the house, have views of the ocean while the living spaces are on the upper floor. With floor-to-ceiling glazed sliding doors, living spaces blend in with the landscape and encourage the residents to gaze across the ocean to the horizon. Additionally, the ground floor cabana opens up to the garden and pool – with a timber decking that extends into the interior.

With sustainable design strategies such as positioning the building form to allow for ample natural light and ocean breeze, Sunrise House is adorned with a minimal palette of robust materials and detailing. This is used consistently throughout the home and provides a simple backdrop for the landscape – just as spaces flow between the interior and exterior, so do the materials that define them.

MCK Architecture & Interiors
mckarchitects.com

Photography by Michael Nicholson Photography

Dissection Information
‘Turntable Corner’ sliding glass panels from Vitrocsa
Custom timber batten screen doors by Bakers Joinery
‘Creston’ and ‘Dynalite’ control system and AV  by Smart Home Solutions
Fireplace from Castworks
Laser Blade lighting range from Iguzzini
Find Me spotlight by Flos
Wall mounted Mini Skill Square light from Simes
Custom brass wall lights by Electrolight from Light Project
Custom recessed wall lights by Electrolight, customised by Dunnart Brass and Nocturnal lighting
Lighting fixtures by KKDC Reggiani, Prolicht, JSB, Special Lights, Erco, and Megabay
Dishwasher and integrated fridges from Miele
Bar fridges by Liebharr
Porcelain bathroom tiles from Artedomus
Porcelain wall tiles by Maximum
Rena basin from Kast
Cube basin from Caroma
Yokata tapware and coat hooks from Brodware
Sfera Pan from Rogerseller
Eon Paper Holder from Rogerseller
Custom shower by Rober Plumb

Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson open living
Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson balcony
Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson horizon views pacific ocean
Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson entrance
Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson pool
Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson house elevation
Sunrise House MCK Architects CC Michael Nicholson sunrise tree

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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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