Ok, I’ll admit it – I really wish this little summer beach house was more local, all mine and perhaps designed to withstand New England weather … but I guess that would change the entire building all together.
Entitled ‘Castle Rock House’ by Herbst Architects, this private retreat offers a simple relationship to the surround beach. Its open facade and spacious internal transitions help keep you on the beach all day long.
The warm breeze is allowed to filter into the beach house while providing shelter and privacy in the home. Its materials showcase a natural earthiness that will fade with time and blend well with the landscape around it.
A London publication, the Monocle Magazine has stated that Herbst Architects are “masters at slipping their buildings seamlessly into the landscape while making the most of spectacular views.”
The interior of the Castle Rock House features an upper living area with a lower bedroom area – both tied to the scenic ocean views. Assembled into the terrain, the transition from open “public” gathering space to “private” sleeping quarters is a splendid passage along connected views to the beach.
So if the beach house is fairly open what stops sand or rain from tracking in?
Although the design includes overhangs and protection from the elements, the concept is not to shut everything out but embrace nature.
It is meant to be a summer beach house that emphasizes the connection to the landscape around it in all its influence and impact on the dwelling.
Part of the rustic charm is to allow some sand to track onto the natural wood flooring while the warm breeze penetrates the beach house as if you were sitting on the ocean at any given moment.
The separation of rooms and balance between the “public” space and “private” areas helps create a retreat for any weather. Perhaps it is raining outside and you might enjoy the sound of the rainfall in lounge but other days you might want to relax in a more quiet and private setting in the house to get away.
This concept of public vs private space should be considered within your own home and how you want those rooms to differ.
For example, maybe all the private rooms like the bedrooms and family bathroom are upstairs while the dining and entertaining spaces for visitors are on the first floor.
Perhaps a hallway on the first floor begins to define areas of privacy that visitors should not really be traveling to while an open floor plans encourage circulation around the rest of the house.
See how the transition from outdoors to inside this private beach house establishes connection with the natural landscape around it.
Captivating Rustic Summer Beach House in New Zealand
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