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Charmingly Rustic Oceanfront Home Includes Pleasant Surprise

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Coogee House draws on the traditions of Cape Dutch fishing village houses, with the soft earthy forms typical of the west coast of Southern Africa.

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With an earth-bound and homespun style, modest living spaces partake of the vast ocean view of the Pacific.

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The staggering views are framed under the rough-hewn timbers of a rustic traditional trellis in the Dutch colonial traditions.

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A modest lap pool at the side of the house augments the vast ocean.

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The house faces out towards the vast lonely Pacific, a long way from South Africa.

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Meeting the client’s brief meant the house had to stand up to the harsh coastal climate of Australia, while having a rustic, soft, organic feel.

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The internal entry court shows the rough primitive detailing up close.

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Throughout the house, log trellises as well as walls of rough render whitewash, are used both inside and out.

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Gabion walls step up the hill connecting the house of little bungalows.

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The large central entry space seamlessly dissolves into the exterior and interior spaces.

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Light pours down the large internal entry court.

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The fresh, artlessly simple and private family rooms are below.

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Some of the secluded family rooms are stepped down from the open space.

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An unaffected country kitchen in the Dutch traditions from old Holland is warm and efficient.

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An example of the artless simplicity is all the way to detail: toilet paper is stored with a minimum of fuss.

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But this charmingly rustic house reminiscing on the Dutch traditions on a far African coast – immensely appealing as it is – is not just some sweet simpleton.

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While ‘drawing from the best of tribal rough hewn and bushland living environments’ Architect Dennis Rabinowitz has also created a super sustainable home, that includes:

  • Harvested rainwater
  • Photovoltaic solar collectors
  • Gas fired hot water system
  • Orientation to the North and East (North in the Southern hemisphere is like a South-facing home in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Adjustable external shading devices
  • Low-E glazing in timber frames
  • Insulated external cavity walls
  • Abundant thermal mass
  • Adjustable louvre cross ventilation

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Absolutely one of my favourite houses.

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