Coogee House / Chenchow Little
Text description provided by the architects. The Coogee House is located on a steeply sloping corner block with panoramic views to the Pacific Ocean in Sydney, Australia. The site is exposed to strong ocean winds, salt spray and harsh sunlight. Vegetation in the area is stunted in response to the harsh environmental conditions and provides little shade. Neighbouring properties are elevated well above the site and overlook the dwelling towards the view.
The clients have lived on the site for many years and required a new dwelling for their three children and extended family. The dwelling was required to maximise views from the site whilst providing privacy from the street and shaded internal and external living areas.
The dwelling was conceived as a simple solid masonry shell sheathed in a lightweight protective skin, comprising a tent-like roof structure and operable battened screen walls. The screening provides privacy to the internal and external living spaces from the street frontages and also provides solar shading. External living rooms, decks, verandas and stairways occupy the space between the internal masonry structure and the lightweight skin.