Located in Point Lookout in Queensland, Australia, this modern beach home is a brainchild of Paul Butterworth Architects. The firm, which specializes in beach houses and eco tourism, principal architect Paul Butterworth “designs new builds and renos that surprise and delight.”
He prioritizes the client’s aspiration on how to live and unlocks the potential of their residence. This commitment to client collaboration shows through his prolific portfolio of successful projects.
With more than 15 years of experience with beach houses and renovations, Nannygai reveals Butterworth’s expertise and care. This renovation project is an example of Paul Butterworth Architects commitment to sustainable living and design.
The facade lovingly displays the house’s name etched on wood – Nannygai, a fish native to the Great Barrier Reef. Aptly so, the house sits along the coastline.
Butterworth capitalizes on Nannygai’s idyllic location by arranging the forms to frame the views of the ocean. Sitting on a sloping hill, the orthogonal elevation juxtaposes the ground line.
Upon entering the house, one is immediately welcomed by the view of the ocean. Two benches on each side of the hallway allows for the enjoyment of the view.
The interiors of the house transitions seamlessly to the outdoors, seemingly connecting the property and nature. The kitchen, for example, extends into a den with an area for outdoor dining and barbecuing.
The space also becomes conducive to inviting guests and family. Like the elevated den, the living space is oriented towards the ocean, where a fireplace is set up for Queensland’s colder nights.
Louvers and windows allow for the ocean breeze to flow freely throughout the house. The house’s palette and materiality fits with its context. Earth tones are predominant, with wooden slats juxtaposed with stone and gray hues. Nannygai’s backyard extends to the ocean, where the clients’ children can enjoy the outdoors and play. Nannygai’s ingenious use of materiality and purity in form has resulted in it being shortlisted in the 2021 Houses Awards: New House over 200sqm category.