Australian House & Garden Magazine|June 2020
This new home, designed by architect Michael Baker of Zenibaker Architects, is a striking contemporary structure that evokes the beach houses on stilts of the 1950s. Unlike those Mid-Century homes, however, this one is supported by massive columns and trusses. “I wanted to express the form of a postwar beach house but I also wanted to create the sense of walking under a pier,” says Michael. The concrete steps and a water feature at the home’s entrance are further references to the nearby ocean. The link to the water was always going to be there: “Andrew has spent a lifetime on ships, so the sea is in his DNA,” says Michael.
Although Andrew and Elaine were open to a number of design styles, they were clear that their prime objective was that this would be home for the long term. “We wanted the kitchen, living areas and bedrooms, including the main bedroom, all on one level in case we struggle with stairs in the future,” says Elaine. They also specified wide corridors and doorways for ease of access and installed a lift in case the stairs they do have become too much.
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