Bundeena Beach House

2004 Dharawal Country / Bundeena, NSW

Fragile location requires sensitive architectural approach.

Bundeena Beach House

2004 Dharawal Country / Bundeena, NSW

The house is sited on the dune fronting Horderns Beach, at Bundeena, on the northern edge of the Royal National Park, on Sydney’s southern edge. It is a fragile place, commanding a particular sensitivity in our architectural approach. The house is raised off the ground, set on steel posts driven into the dune, braced against a north-easterly sea swell that can, at times, send a surge of energy through the dune and into the building fabric. Thus, the house is designed to be both strong, and flexible, built of a composite steel/timber frame, clad in rough sawn plywood and corrugated iron.

Each room provides a framework for a different set of experiences. The living rooms are positioned on the dune ridge to make the most of the stunning view. On the beach side a breezeway room sits protected from the morning glare of the water by operable timber louvred walls, and on the bush side, an open deck sits protected from a sometimes bracing breeze. The main bedroom is perched above the living rooms, set well back from the beach for privacy, commanding 360 degree views of the beach, the bay, the bush and the hamlet of Bundeena. Another bedroom and an office on the ground floor are accessed via an open, roofed timber walkway, gently forcing visitors and occupants to experience the elements.

For the owner, a naturopath, it is at once a beach house, a home, a place of work, and a threshold to the surrounding environment.


2006 AIA NSW Colorbond Award
2005 AIA NSW Awards – Commendation
2005 Australian Timber Design Awards – Highly Commended
2005 Australian Timber Design Awards – Runner-Up


Blueprint Asia (Malaysia) December 2007
Blueline Media Architecture Bulletin July/ August 2006
Houses Issue 51 – 2006
Architecture Media Timber Design Australasia First Quarter 2006 Neilson Publishing
Sydney Morning Herald – Domain November 2005
100 Dream Houses from Downunder, Images Publishing 2008
Specifier Issue 75
Casas Magazine May 2011

Project Team

Sam Crawford, Jonathan Moore, Jane Silcock, Jolyon Sykes


Premier Waterproofing

Consultant Team

Landscape Design – 360 Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer – O’Hearn Consulting
Geotechnical Engineer – GHD
Stormwater Management – GHD Quantity
Quantity Surveyor – Ralph Beattie Bosworth (NSW)
Land Surveyers – Denny Linker & Co




Brett Boardman