Coogee House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

Designed for a young family by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects, this modern eco house is situated in Coogee, Sydney, Australia.


This new house in a dense, beachside suburb required clever management of privacy and views. The house, for a young family, was to be robust, liveable and light filled but with a layering of spaces that provided flexibility, separation and privacy.

Internal courtyards, operable perforated screens, lofty spaces and muted materials were used to create a sense of openness and lightness on the long, narrow, steep and heavily overlooked site. In keeping with the brief for robustness, the house is simple and bold, with architectural features capable of withstanding some imperfections, purposefully rough-laid brickwork and stone.

Photography by Robert Walsh

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