Located along the Australian coast, Avoca Weekender is a casual holiday home of an extended family. This house is used for the family and friends from afar as a gathering place to create new awesome memories. Designed by Architecture Saville Isaacs, the interiors and architecture of the house are united with an interrelationship to the surrounding environment.
This house is also designed for hordes of children yet with a luxury element for the adults. With its unique position between the Australian bush and sea, through smells, materials, colors, textiles, and textures, this house can have a timeless connection to support the residence to create memories of family holidays.
The house flexibility can spread into some rooms such as open living or dining zone, and covered outdoor rooms for multiple activities. Some internal spaces are designed with timber spine, formed by vertical post screen and timber walkway. It continuous down to the suspended stairs under the modern kitchen island. This house also can take advantage of its bush and orientation setting.
The diagonal views, privacy, and sunlight are modulated by some pivoting timber screens. The internal elements of this house are part of architecture extensions. Space-making elements like timber screen wall come from the used-joinery while the glass against rough sawn wire-brushed timber, steel, smooth polished concrete, rhythms of timber posts, and white linear planes can create a drama of interiors.
The architect focuses on the house tactile quality of materials such as textured white laminate joinery, waxed recycled wire-brushed tallowwood, and a consistent palette of polished concrete. Those materials are selected for recyclability, low maintenance, and robustness. The low, VOC, non-toxic finishes and materials are combined with cross ventilation and hydronic floor heating to create a healthy indoor environment.
The design focus is also about the interrelationship with the house surrounding environment, light enhanced sculpted open spaces, tactile quality of materials, and volumetric quality. With the unity of architecture and interiors, the architect can work easily with the elements of light, volume, space, and materiality.