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Cottage Point House

External View 01 External View 01 Simon Wood Photography

Richard Cole Architecture

NSW & ACT Entries 2011

The Cottage Point House is located in the isolated settlement within Ku-ring-gai National Park on the waterfront of Coal and Candle Creek. The site is oriented east over the shallow bay, facing the weathered horizontal sandstone escarpments of the opposing foreshores from which it draws its inspiration.

The house features a massive sandstone base rising out of the hillside which contains cave like bedrooms, a voluminous rumpus room and the infinity edge swimming pool. Natural light is drawn into these rooms by means of windows into the base of the pool and a long slot skylight in the hallway. Perched upon the base are the steel and timber framed living rooms and master bedroom. Exposed timber and steel structure and a contained courtyard give the house a private but luxurious character, without the sense of ever being fully enclosed. The house wraps around the verandah and pool, like the tendrils of land wrapping around the bay. The enclosed turfed courtyard is the inner sanctuary of the building, drawing in northern light.

The house features hardwood floors, cladding, windows and doors, exposed rafters and eaves lining. The isolated nature of Cottage Point within vast tracts of bushland makes it particularly prone to bushfire, so the timber used throughout the house had to be fire resistant. Carefully sourced plantation grown Merbau from the Solomon Islands was used for its fire resistance, durability, rich dark colour and cost effectiveness. The exposed rafters contrast against the hoop pine veneer plywood used for the ceilings throughout the upper floor. The exposed rafters and steel framing provide a light, skeletal character, contrasting against the weighty, closed nature of the base of the building. Merbau veneer was used for the joinery, providing a consistency of colour and texture throughout the house.
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