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Crescent Head House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

  • Madeleine Blanchfield Architects bring coastal simplicity to a one-bedroom home and guest house in Crescent Head, New South Wales.

    Crescent Head House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects is nestled on a hill overlooking the Tasman Sea. Designed for a retired couple, the need for separate rooms was removed, allowing the small, efficient space to embody a sense of airy openness. 

    With a discreet drop-down pad located underneath the main structure for the client’s guests, Crescent Head House is a pared-back beach house that embraces the site’s coastal context and vistas. 

    The stand-out feature of the home is undoubtedly the playful folded timber roof, acting as a shroud for the balcony and a design feature from the bottom of the hill. Blending with the pitched roofs of its neighbouring houses, it was important that the home respected its surrounds.

    The home is a solid white weatherboard construction, opening up to glimpses of the sea and mountains from the sky-lit front entrance. Black aluminium glazing contrasts with the home’s white walls, married with grey floor tiles that allow the sea view to take centre stage.  In the kitchen, white linear cabinetry is reminiscent of the home’s front facade, with a generous marble benchtop and black appliances.

    The netural palette continues in the guest house below that houses up to 10 people, with polished concrete floors and exposed stone masonry on the walls.

    A generous skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows in the bathroom highlight the freestanding bath and mosaic-clad feature wall in the bathroom. As with the entire home, clean lines are present in the master bedroom, with built-in cabinetry and white sun louvres filtering the light.

    Collaborating with local suppliers and using cost-effective materials, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects have delivered an honest home that stays true to its coastal location.

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