Ocean cliffs and bush land are referenced in the use of raw materials that make up this secluded beach escape by Porebski Architects.

Located on the edge of Pearl Beach on the Central Coast of NSW, the ‘Block House’ features strong concrete block walls, exposed concrete, terrazzo floors and teak windows and screens, reflecting the elements which make up the home’s natural surroundings.

The building has a simple form, with cavity sliding windows and timber shutters used to create layers and allow the owner’s to close off or open up the house to the outside.

An internal courtyard is created by the house’s two wings, providing a private external space that is protected from harsh onshore winds.

3 bedrooms, a study, living, dining and family room are all included within the L-shaped interior layout.

The house also exhibits rainwater tanks, geothermal heating and cooling, natural sub-floor ventilation, hydronic underfloor heating, solar hot water and external shutters for sun control.

Courtesy Contemporist and Designboom