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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Tama’s Tee Home in Sydney, Australia by Luigi Rosselli Architects

 
May 31st, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Luigi Rosselli Architects

‘Tama’ is short for Tamarama: a Sydney beach suburb, famous for its hedonistic surf culture, gradually being gentrified by a population that exchanges stock market tips while running barefoot to the ocean with a surfboard tucked under their arms.

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

  • Architects: Luigi Rosselli Architects
  • Project: Tama’s Tee Home
  • Location: Tamarama, Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Photography: Prue Ruscoe, Edward Birch
  • Assisting Architects: Gianfranco Panza, Sean Johnson
  • Interior Designer: Raffaello Rosselli and the Client
  • Builder: Building With Options Pty Ltd
  • Structural Consultant: Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd

Built above an existing garage and sandstone retaining wall, the new additions balance on the tee shaped concrete pillar splayed out to carry the main living level of the house, Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Geographically characterised by steep escarpments that surround the beach (far narrower than its near neighbours at Bondi and Bronte), the homes that cling to Tamarama’s hillsides are a mishmash of ticky-tacky boxes left by the previous generation of beach bunnies, now dwindled by skin carcinomas.

The off-white cement used in the concrete delivers a beachy luminous glow that will, with time, aquire a patina of tan and microorganism growth for the better, Image Courtesy © Edward Birch

CNC routed marine plywood shutters slide in front of the windows and terrace to provide shade or wind protection. The concrete was formed with woodgrained boards that were skillfully curved at the corners, Image Courtesy © Edward Birch

Tama’s Tee Home was constructed on what was solid and reusable from the previous house.  Approximately fifty-percent of the previous structure was kept, including the large sandstone retaining wall to the front of the home and the garage beneath.  The new concrete ‘Tee’ structure to the front of the house was designed so that it would rest on the single point of the garage structure below that would bear the weight; this explains the ‘unipod’ shape to the front façade of the home and the need to provide it with a solid concrete structure.

The seamless juntion between the pillar and beam, similar to the junction of the nose to the eyebrows, helps to frame the views down to Tamarama and the beach, Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

The lower floor of the house is a teenager’s pad with rumpus room and a covered terrace. The concrete roof and pillar is reflected in a cement coloured vitrified ceramic tile named “Memory Mood” supplied by Terra Nova Ceramics, Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Ocean side architecture must be designed and constructed with very weather resistant materials: the salt, humidity and wind are implacable agents of rapid decay.  If used properly, concrete is quite resistant to such seaside aggression.  Marine grade roofing materials and stainless steel fixings are necessary in this position.

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

To adapt to the hillside the house was built over four storeys.  Located on level three, the main living area benefits from ocean views to the northeast and a sheltered terrace to the northwest side that is protected from the strong coastal winds.

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Project Architect, Raffaello Rosselli provided his own detailing and material palette interpretation for a refined beach house, embracing natural materials, exposed roof framing and light finishes that are washed by dappled and ever changing light that filters through custom designed shutters.

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

The kitchen joinery was built by builder, Building With Options joinery workshop. Stone Italiana provided a laboratory grade, reconstituted stone benchtop without the look of fake stone conveyed by the glossy products of their competitors, Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Image Courtesy © Prue Ruscoe

Image Courtesy © Luigi Rosselli Architects

Image Courtesy © Luigi Rosselli Architects

Image Courtesy © Luigi Rosselli Architects

Image Courtesy © Luigi Rosselli Architects

Image Courtesy © Luigi Rosselli Architects

Image Courtesy © Luigi Rosselli Architects

Image Courtesy © Luigi Rosselli Architects

Image Courtesy © Luigi Rosselli Architects

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