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Where Vacationing Australian Families Can Rough it in Style

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Somewhere between the outback and the campground is this Seal Rocks beach house designed for family get togethers in NSW.

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A huge square metal shell houses a nearly empty interior courtyard.

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The house is a narrow shell arrayed around a giant open square space.

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Within the skimpy interior spaces there are accommodations for two sets of parents and up to six kids in bunks.

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For these two families, the spartan accommodation has a down-under campground feel.

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From a child’s eye view of the kitchen – there seems to be plenty of room.

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But the plan shows it is the slimmest of galley kitchens, cleverly backed by a curtain wall of window.

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All of the interiors are like this. Airy and roomy only when it’s open air days.

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For example, the kids bunk bedroom (far corner) closes up like a garage door with a roll-up door when it’s inclement weather or for bedtime. (A bit depressing?)

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But on most hot sultry nights in Seal Rocks, Australia, everything can be open.

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The vacation home is set in the midst of dense wilderness near the ocean.

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The lonely setting makes for a campground type vacation in a solitary and peaceful spot.

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The barely there house is clearly designed for energetic young families who like to get out in the wild.

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For big simple family gatherings in the wild – the house is just right.

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Seal Rocks House 4 was designed by Australian architectural firmĀ Bourne Blue Architecture.

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This kind of glass louvred window has been a fixture in antipodean design vernacular since the 1950s.

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Here it is used ironically for a certain spartan chic to this very uncompromising Australian plan.

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This kind of spartan industrial chic is not to everyone’s taste.

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The rental property was completed in 2009.

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Hopefully the the “for rent” phone number listed on the stairs won’t get changed before the stairs need to be replaced.

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