Surprising house on the edge of Narrabeen Lagoon, Australia

Designed by Choi Ropiha Fighera, the Narrabeen House is located in Sydney, Australia. It takes its name from the Narrabeen Lagoon. Considering the exotic location, the house looks surprisingly simple and quiet. There a very contrastive image between the way it looks like when seen from the street and the incredible view that lies beyond the house.

The surprise factor is definitely important in this case. But so is the incredibly clever design of this house. Functionality is the word that better describes it. Unlike most people would think, this house is not composed of just one unit. There are several different units that are combined in such a way that they seem like a singular structure.

As you enter, you realize that the house is built around the entrance, driveway and garage that are all incorporated into one big piece. The living room, dining room, kitchen, study and pool are all built around the courtyard. It seems odd but it’s actually very refreshing to have an oasis in the middle.

The interior has been elevated with 1.2 m above the ground level in order to prevent flooding and also for aesthetic reasons. What is very interesting, intriguing and fascinating about this house is that is combines the interior and the exterior space in a very original way. It’s a particularly good choice in this case because of the location and the amazing views that can be admired from inside and outside the house.

Published by in Architecture, on October 5th, 2011


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