Diamond Beach House by
Bourne Blue Architecture

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Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

Continuing our series of stories about security-conscious and bunker-like residences, here's an Australian holiday home that can be secured with huge sliding steel shutters.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

Designed by architects Bourne Blue, the single-storey house in New South Wales surrounds a decked courtyard.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

Openings in each of the facades lead to the central courtyard, where entrances to the house are located.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

The corrugated metal shutters fasten across the fronts of the corridor openings, as well as around the courtyard-facing elevations.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

When the shutters are open these corridors serve as external rooms, filled with hammocks and a dining table.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

The openings divide the house into four blocks, separated into living rooms, a set of children's rooms and two separate en suite bedrooms.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

The house is the latest in a string of Australian houses on Dezeen - click here to see more.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

Another recent story to feature steel shutters was an apartment block in New York by architect Shigeru Ban - see our earlier story.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

See also: more stories about bunkers and other fortified buildings.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

Photography is by Simon Whitbread.

Here are some more details from Bourne Blue Architecture:


Project Description

This site, just behind the sand dunes of Diamond Beach on the mid north coast of NSW, is very flat and has a modest view over wetlands. The proximity of the ocean would enable a beachside lifestyle, however the house couldn’t access ocean views to provide the amenity.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

The design therefore needed to work in this context and provide the amenity from within. This is a holiday house for a large family, who frequently travel away with other families, so facilities for 10 – 15 people were required.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

A covenant on the land dictated that the house was to built using brick and tile.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

The design is comprised of four components, wrapping around a central court. Living space, two different adult sleeping areas and a kids area.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

The living space has a slab for thermal mass and faces North. The two adult sleeping areas are identical parental retreats at opposite corners, while the kids area has a boys and girls bunkroom and a TV area.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

Each of the four components is separated by a roofed deck, which either houses hammocks, a dining space or the entry. A monopitch roof wraps around the courtyard, over all these spaces, simplifying roof drainage and providing unity.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architectur

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Sliding screens of perforated mini orb close off the roofed decks at the edge of the building, so that they are secure when the house is not in use. They also screen the undesirable sun and weather. A second set of screens wrap around the internal courtyard which also protect against inclement weather and cater for prolonged absences.

Diamond Beach House by Bourne Blue Architecture

Architect – Bourne Blue Architecture
Engineer – Izzat Consulting Engineers
Builder – Sugar Creek Building Co.
Completion – 2010
Cost - $520,000 incl tax
Area – 169m2

  • yuc

    Beautiful courtyard – ugly façades

  • scottsowers

    Fascinating that bunker-like structures are fascinating to us as humans. Is it a security thing, I wonder? The simplicity of the forms?

  • http://merrittengineering.com/ Merritt Engineering

    Very interesting design, reminds me of a modern bunker. The outside is very simplistic, but beautiful. I have to disagree about the courtyard though. I think it is rather ugly and overly barren.

  • Buz01

    Security shutters first…beach views and aesthetics second. To base a design of a building around how it looks when no one is there?

  • krimane

    interesting space even if the house look like a chicken farm from the outside.
    the inside deserve better furnishing
    Terrace is the high of this house.

  • Lizzie

    Gotta keep out those kangaroos!
    A pitty you wouldn't be able to see them coming with such little glass.

  • wiksi44

    Looks like a factory building. Incredibly banal.

  • amsam

    I guess maybe it's a nice exercise to build a vacation house that's lovely and welcoming on the inside and hard, cold, and rebuffing on the outside. Homes are emotional, though. This reminds me of a party that outsiders are not invited to, or a mind filled with warm generous thoughts married to a stony, unsympathetic face. If you have the skill and desire to make warm and comfortable architecture, why would you only turn it inward? Embrace the world, this is not built in Beirut!

  • http://archnewhome.com aditya

    i think wrong interior coloring. but love the shading. worst facade, not suit to beach i think.

  • http://www.bathroomgetaways.com Wconklin

    I love the outside, the courtyard but then you get to the kitchen. Its not bad it just reminds me of horribly remodeled South American Vacation homes. The Orange color and mix matched appliances don't do the beautiful modern cabinets justice. Not to mention the window layout in the kitchen is a little strange. Overall Its an amazing concept.

  • http://www.sharifabraham.com sharif Abraham

    I like it. “Pacific solution” for the well to do at just over half a mil.