Flinders House

by Sharif Abraham
Flinders House Sharif Abraham

Located on a stretch of cliff-top land with views towards the sea, the site is at the end of cul de sac and abuts the Flinders Golf Course on two sides. The brief was to design “a retreat”. The client’s wife had strong connections with the area, having visited there regularly as a child.
The site’s location is peculiar in the way it suggested a sense of “isolation” within the golf course. Our idea was to reinforce this peculiar sensibility. To explore how it could be referenced through the way the surroundings are viewed from the interior, in the positioning of the house on the site, and in more a general sense, in how it could connect to a notion of “simple architecture”.
The strategy was to continue the landscape of the golf course into the site and to locate the new house within it. A series of mounds were constructed matching those in the golf course deliberately exposing the interior to it. Pathways from the road were avoided so that one must traverses these mounds to enter the house.
From the road one passes a black wall. Seven coats of stain were applied to give it “Intensity”. This wall conceals the function of sleeping which exists behind it and signals a physical point of departure from the utility of the road to the surreality of the interior of the living spaces where the visitor finally arrives.
The living spaces are contained in an elliptical volume. The ellipse was chosen for a few reasons. Firstly, it has a connection with the forms of the golf course. Secondly, It is cost effective and practical in allowing the same functional program (that is furniture layout) at a much tighter floor area and surface area, therefore meeting the tight budgetary constraints. And finally, the elliptical plan gives a calmness and fluidity to space.
The walls are finished with the veneer of one Victorian eucalyptus tree. The idea of using the veneer of one tree is connected with a notion of “pioneering economy”- that is you fell the tree and use every part. The veneer was hand sourced, and to avoid any joints, it was glued to the wall directly on site as a “final skin”.
From inside the house one observes the life of the golf course as if looking at a “cinematic scene”- a movie. There is calmness to this scene as the golfers drift past with rhythmical consistency.

Photos by: Sanja Pahoki

Source: Sharif Abraham

  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham
  • Flinders House Sharif Abraham

Sponsor

Sponsor

  • Home in Mosonmagyaróvár

    Home in Mosonmagyaróvár

    The building can be found in a quiet, suburban residential park of Mosonmagyaróvár of north-western Hungary. It is a one-family house for a four-person family.
    Fortunately...

  • KN House

    KN House

    The Client is a guitarist who is born and grows up in Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. He would like to own a living space that reflects the nature of housing of Hanoian as well a...

  • Rise Sofa

    Rise Sofa

    Description from the designer: Rise is a classic, elegant sofa with a strong individual expression. It carries the Scandinavian identity through its distinct base in wood, where th...

  • Vivienda de Invierno entre los Pinos

    Vivienda de Invierno entr..

    The architectural firm offered a way of working that would result in a comprehensive professional intervention in order to achieve better prices and quality: The Project + Directio...

  • Ella Dining Room & Bar

    Ella Dining Room & Bar

    The Selzim Restaurant Group commissioned UXUS to create a ‘world class’ environment for their new restaurant, Ella Dining Room & bar, located in the heart of Sacramento Califor...

  • Greta Grossman Residence Renovation

    Greta Grossman Residence ..

    Here is another house Located in the stars' neighborhood of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman in 1948, the three bedroom, three bathroom 3,000 square...

  • Casa Lucke Orozco

    Casa Lucke Orozco

    The house is located in one of the oldest residential colonies in Guadalajara, it is almost the only sheered area of a city that is mostly leveled, and this allows the place to rec...

  • Loft 24-7

    Loft 24-7

    Loft 24-7, designed by Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Asociados, is located in São Paulo, Brazil. The home, a bungalow of about 2700 square feet, exists as much on the outside as on ...

  • La Florida Residence

    La Florida Residence

    The Florida’s house is one of the most representative project in our office.
    From the beginning of the project we knew that one of the most important factors influencing t...

  • House C

    House C

    Geometry, skin, cuts that let you discover the dermis. Space, three-dimensional continuity. There are no elevations, no plans, or sections. This is space within a solid object, a b...