Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook


Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

This roof of this sea-facing holiday house in Mandurah, south of Perth, jolts up and down to create four irregular gables.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

Recently completed by Australian architects Iredale Pedersen Hook, the single-storey house is externally clad in sheets of fibre-cement.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

Terraces on the north, south and west elevations provide residents with at least one outdoor area sheltered from the winds at any time of year.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

Iredale Pedersen Hook previously designed a house extension with folding surfaces of corrugated metal and glass - see our earlier story here.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

Other Australian houses recently featured include a steel-plated bunker with a drawbridge-like flap and a cliff-top house inspired by a Picasso painting - click here to see all our stories about houses in Australia.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

Photography is by Peter Bennetts.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

Here are some more details from Iredale Pedersen Hook:


Inhabiting two platforms- one flat and one undulating.

Located at Florida Beach Western Australia, this design emphasises and focuses on the immense Indian Ocean. All space is aligned and extruded through a strict dialogue of plan and section revealing the intensity and variety of this great ocean.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

This is a modern day holiday house only one hour from the capital of Western Australia and surrounded by the sprawling Perth suburbia. We are interested in the past and rapidly disappearing holiday homes that once dominated the nearby landscape, houses that embodied the weekender experience designed with restraint, economy and robustness.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

This house captures these dying qualities while screening the occupants from the emerging suburban houses and protecting them from the strong winds and storms. A deck is created on each of the cardinal points allowing the occupants to live externally any time of the year.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

Our reference point for the design was found in a sketch by the great Danish architect Jorn Utzon, an image of people congregating on the beach under the dense, stormy Copenhagen sky. Uzton translated this in to the section of a church creating a mystical interior; we translated this in to the section of a holiday house that intensifies the experience of the ocean.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

The section undulates in relationship to the plan form; each space includes an undulation that is eventually revealed at the beach side as a series of undulations connecting the living, dining and kitchen spaces to the dynamic ocean environment. The section extrudes from the beach end to the street side, those spaces that do not contain a direct view to the ocean maintain the memory of the ocean view through the continuing section.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

External cladding is a strictly controlled ribbon of uncut compressed fibre cement sheeting and rough sawn plywood panels, the plywood inhabit the deck spaces and the CFC provides a durable exterior to storm exposed areas. This material restraint references the past holiday homes. While the exterior is tactile and articulated the interior is smooth and sculptured with subtle variations of white paint colour and gloss levels differentiating interior elements and reflecting the exterior.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

A continuous band of high performance glass articulates the wall cladding from the roof, the roof overhang is carefully sized to exclude summer sun and admit low-level winter sun. The stretched western overhang excludes the low level sun allowing the occupants to engage in comfort with the setting sun.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

The house appears to gently hover above the ground, a recessed concrete platform creates this illusion, the platform connects this house to the remaining holiday houses and the Dawesville Cut bridge, this is first platform that one passes and signifies the beginning of the holiday experience.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

Constructed almost entirely of plantation pine timber, prefabricated and transported to Florida, the raw structure appeared like the carcass of a great whale. The use of steel is minimised to a few select areas where thin columns support the dense undulating roof creating tension in the context of the ocean view.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook
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The hovering platform is finished with recycled Jarrah and continues between the interiors and exterior as one large plane, the holiday experience unfolds on this platform. Finished internally with Whittle Wax and externally with Sikkens oil, this platform will slowly reveal the marks of the beach and holiday lifestyle.

Florida Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

A native landscape garden surrounds this platform, carefully screening the surrounding suburban houses and providing an additional filter to the Western sun and Indian Ocean. The sound of the sea breeze transforms into an eerie whistle as it passes through the Casuarinas (Weeping Beach Sheoaks) reinforcing the complex, intense and delightful relationship to this environment creating a very West Australian experience.

  • seane

    This is so much better than the typical dull, unimaginative project homes surrounding this property and throughout my home state.

  • I really liked the roof on the outside, maybe not so much the ceiling on the inside though.

  • eyeAManArchitect

    intriguing light that screams utzon. elegant simplicity.

  • Very nice house, this is a pleasure to live here, I think.

  • Way to ruin the view.

  • H-J

    Like they just stuck a funky roof on a generic beach-house…

  • Ummm

    It seems to have japanese influence…

  • JuiceMajor

    Very superficial and gimmicky! It doesn't enhance the spatial quality of the house at all. Typical Australian architecture! No substance!

    • 'JuiceMajor' this is typical Australian design criticism! Anonymous!

  • So no one thinks the whole idea was copied from Richard Meier's beach house, but then just with a crinkled rooftop? Seriously?

  • Monic

    Kind of a silly argument… The roof seems just not have any function, and it is not even taking advantage of the lighting possibilities. I don´t really see the point of it – maybe the broken line looks "cool" to "somenone". And the vertical supports are really ugly…

  • The roof actually defines the various programs within the house and lends itself to many skylights that are strategically placed throughout the project. The geometric shape of the roof effectively increases the surface area of the roof, also allowing more rain-water to be collected, a greater ceiling height in key areas and a better view for the existing properties that were across the road/behind the Florida House.

    • Monic

      Maybe I am missing something… but I don´t see that at all. Where are the "strategically" placed skylights? I don´t see any point in increasing the surface area of the roof – well, maybe it is great for the contractor, more square meters=more budget. Also the rain water doesnt´t get adapted to the shape of the roof – that means that it collects exactly the same quantity than a flat roof. And I also dont´tunderstand the "key views" argument – the landscape in front of the house seems pretty nice but flat at the same time – that leads to the non existence of "key views". And I don´t get how the roof defines the program.

      • I say meh on what you think you think.. xD

        I was lucky enough to be there for a day and from observation of the changing environmental conditions throughout the day and night I was able to witness all the attributes of the project I mentioned above come into play.. in a brilliant way..

        Sadly not all of us are so lucky.. and such there are those who choose to comment confidently their opinions without first having the opportunity of gaining the full sensory experience of a place.. Truly sad.

        Fortunately the judging panel for the awards was able to visit and make a sound decision.. A deserving project I say.

  • Guest

    Typical IPH crass – they will have some disjointed argument as to why it works and will passionately justify it – unfortunately for them – architecture speaks for itself and this is saying "I have no idea what I am suppose to be doing here"

  • Bored

    Sad resolution of the roof… Lost steel columns… Structural rigour and construction details are really not your strength. But maybe you are only interested in the diagram. Builders and Engineers can clean up after you… Shame

  • Pee Finger

    Another look at me Australian beach house. This one win the contest for the most expensive roof in the street I'm sure.

    Nice adaptive reuse of Australian native grass sand dunes IPH.

  • guest

    It should be pointed out that this house won the 'Residential Award' at the recent West Australian Architecture Awards. So what is more embarrassing, the house or the fact it was judged the best house in WA for an entire year?

    Might want to tip toe quietly away from this one IPH and perhaps apologize to your clients, but then again they don't have to look at it everyday they can just stay inside, look at the floor and pretend this never happened..

  • Iredalepedersenhook

    Thanks Marcus and the team at dezeen for giving Australian architecture (and the architecture of many others nations outside of europe) an excellent and effective way of disseminating our work to the world. And thanks to those who to the time to consider the project and comment above. And to our anonymous 'guest' we'd like to point you towards a link that has been doing the rounds on the adr website to http://lahznimmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/W

  • taw

    i wish they put more skylight on the roof… but the natural light seems comes from the front…