Australian architects of MPR Design Group explore the notion of “prospect and refuge” within this contemporary family house in the Sydney suburb of Bronte. The “prospect” is the beach and coast views to the south of the site which change constantly depending on the season, weather and time of day. The “refuge” is the other desirable character for which architects created a quality of space that provides a sense of sanctuary, enclosure and comfort.
These two driving desires for the house were explored and accommodated through devising two sculpted concrete forms responding to their particular use. The forms are rounded at the edges similar to tubes which are independent of each other enabling the upper tube to twist towards the view.
The upper tube is open-ended which allows the northern winter sun to penetrate deeply into the living spaces while allowing an unimpeded outlook to the southern view. The form also provides efficient passive ventilation drawing the prevailing north-east breeze through the house.