The Byron House is a contemporary residence built by studio Paul Uhlmann Architects. It’s located in Byron Bay, Australia and has a very interesting and eclectic look. When they designed the house, the architects were guided by their clients’ desire for a home that gives them warmth and comfort and makes them feel safe and sheltered but at the same time gives them the opportunity to become invested in the beauty of the natural surroundings and the magnificent views.
In order to achieve such a combination of attributes, the team chose a similar palette of materials for both the interior and the exterior of the house. This ensured a seamless and natural transition between the indoor and the outdoor areas and also made the exterior sections feel more like extensions of the indoor living areas. Furthermore, additions such as the stone fireplace and stone-clad interior and exterior walls blur the boundaries even more.
The intention was to create a house that looks and feels open and relaxed and that was achieved by incorporating large windows, oversized sliding doors and various other elements into the design. There are numerous interesting featured scattered throughout the house. To mention just a few, the open plan social space has a sunken sitting area and the living room transitions outside where there’s a large terrace framed by a lap pool. Another really cool area is the library which resembles a box suspended above the pool. The architects also made sure to take advantage of the wonderful views of the lighthouse, the beach and the bay by creating openings and platforms from where they can be admired.