Houses — Chinaman's Beach House

Chinaman's Beach House

Brett Boardman Photography and Katherine Lu


  • Featured in Houses, February 2012
  • Featured in ArchDaily, September 2012
  • Featured in ArchitectureAU, "Chinaman's Beach House", June 2012
  • Featured in Timber+DESIGN Magazine, "On a Sandstone Podium", January 2014
  • Houses, April 2011
  • ArchitectureAU, "Emili Fox and Conrad Johnston of Fox Johnston", January 2012

Projecting from a cliff face overlooking Chinaman’s Beach, this project is significant due its complex site constraints. The building takes the form of a series of platforms at base level, with two distinct volumes connected via an open courtyard / sun catch above. Access to the site is via a proposed extended roadway from street level leading to a stair circulation volume. This volume provides both a viewing platform and a connection to lower levels. Living and kitchen areas are at this first level, with sleeping areas below. A pool bounds the lower level bedroom wing with all bedrooms benefiting from large decks and terraces.