BKK Designs Beached House Embedded into Terrain

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Located in the peninsula at Western Port, Australia, the beached house designed by BKK Architects appears like it just appeared ashore. Of course it was built there, however, the integration into the site and the shifting spaces that create suspense in views and space expectations could make you believe that just as the ocean appeared, so did it.

This home, completed in 2009,  was conceptualized from an exercise inspired by volumetric origami. Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Volumetric origami  is therefore playing the same folding game into a decorative shape that depicts volume.

The arrangement of spaces in this home is an experience of unfolding discovery at every turn you make. Achieving the origami touch and adopted in a land that isn't in Japan, this beached house resembles a village that has come up slowly over time. It's as if the house wasn't designed in one go, and that was the exact impression the architects aspired for.

Discovery of spaces within the building is playful and exciting culminating from the spatial sequence realized during the conceptualization process. For someone who has never visited the house, it's impossible to tell which space and turn to expect in the interior of this home, but for the home owner living in the house everyday, it basically becomes a norm and with time it's easy to define the spaces even within your mind.

Connection of spaces is from a functional analysis where the architect considered which space comes after which one and the relationship between them. The modern interiors majorly painted in white includes a few contrasting elements creating a very exciting and unique contemporary feel for the occupants. Strategic positioning of windows and other openings ensures maximum daylighting is achieved.

The design of this beached house looks embedded into the terrain with some connecting elements anchoring it slightly deep into the soil. It therefore occupies the site in a way that fits the prevailing conditions. The choice of exterior materials also complements the site in the way the materials have been used.

BKK Architects say that the building was designed to be a home of discovery, suspense, and unfolding experiences with very meticulous linkage to the climate and site. The project is the subject of 2 Awards winning the New Residential Architecture Award in 2011's AIA Victorian Architecture Awards and being a finalist in New House over 200 sqm Award in 2011 Houses Awards.

If you're seeking a coastal retreat that seamlessly blends modern elegance with spectacular ocean views, Palm Beach by Affiniti Architects is a must-see gem that will leave you in awe.

Project Information

Architects: BKK Architects
Location: Western Port Bay, Australia
Completed: 2009
Photography: Peter Bennetts

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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