This weekender is situated above Merimbula’s Short Point and Main beaches as well as the nearby oyster beds of Merimbula Lake

The building is a sculptural reinterpretation of its beach side setting, combing weathered natural materials with crisp contemporary finishes to create a simple laid-back beach house.

The house is conceived as two volumes. At ground level, bedrooms, bathrooms, circulation and a garage are wrapped in a continuous skin of timber which clads walling, as well as shutters to the bedrooms.

Above this, a lightweight pavillion sits upon a grassy platform at the same level as the rear of the site, elevating the living areas to catch the view, as well as surrounding them with garden. Frameless glass walls face the view, with timber walls and doors opening onto a large terrace for dining and casual outdoor living. The perimeter of the deck incorporates a continuous planter with mature native beach grasses hiding a simple balustrade.

Robert van der Plaat
Simon Whitbread