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January 25, 2016
Alleviate your winter blues with a virtual, sand-free trip to the beach.
Modern beachside prefab home in Australia by Archiblox with colorbond ultra steel and queensland blue gum wood claddingon the facade

This prefab house designed by ArchiBlox on the northern beaches of Sydney sustains high winds and spray from the surf, so the firm wrapped the exterior in marine-grade Colorbond Ultra steel. Panels of Queensland blue gum, a native Australian hardwood, clad the street-side facade, which is protected from the harsh climate.

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Originally appeared in This Prefab Hangs Out at the Beach
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Hedge Row facade

When a 30-something couple with a baby on the way purchased an East Hampton vacation home in need of a renovation, the challenges they faced were enough to make them wonder if they'd made a big mistake. Principal Robert Young and his eponymous firm wanted to streamline the complicated layout—a beach house is supposed to be laid back, after all—and he opted to do so without employing major construction.

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Originally appeared in A Renovation Simplifies Life at a Wood Beach House in the Hamptons
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Timber-clad Australian beach home by OLA Studio

Characterized by a balmy, temperate climate, the seaside Australian town Mount Martha couldn’t be a better site for this oceanfront home that opens itself to the sea breeze. The four-bedroom, timber-clad home faces south to receive constant daylight and cross-ventilation via operable windows and a creative lighting scheme.

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Originally appeared in An Australian Beach Home with Stunning Ocean Views
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Northern Rivers Beach House columns

Challenged to reinterpret a traditional beach shack, architects Erhard Rathmayr and Monika Obrist of Australian firm refresh*design developed this Byron Bay house around flood restrictions that prohibit all habitable floors from being less than six and a half feet above ground.

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Originally appeared in A Raised Beach House Keeps Above Water in a Flood-Prone Area
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Netherlands dune house and its landscape

Cropping up from the stark dunes on the island of Terschelling in the Netherlands, Marc Koehler Architects envisioned an unconventional home that would be innovative in design, while providing tailor-made functionality for the residents. The architects took a holistic approach to the design process, integrating architecture, landscape, and interior design into the final concept.

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Originally appeared in An Angular Beach Home Blends in With the Dunes Surprisingly Well
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Exterior facade of an Australian vacation home

Rachel Nolan and Steven Farrell’s weekend house is located a couple of blocks from the beach on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula. Built with passive principles in mind, the low-slung structure features double-thick brick walls for thermal massing. The vertical wood cladding is unfinished spotted gum, a local timber.

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Originally appeared in A Getaway That's Easy to Maintain (While Looking Incredible)
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Villa Le Trident in the French Riviera renovated by 4a Architekten.

Once home to modernist architect Barry Dierks, this villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea received some functional updates without sacrificing its timeless appeal.

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Originally appeared in A Renovated Modernist Oasis in the French Riviera That Has Hosted Picasso and Royalty
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Modern beachside prefab home in Australia by Archiblox with colorbond ultra steel and queensland blue gum wood claddingon the facade

This prefab house designed by ArchiBlox on the northern beaches of Sydney sustains high winds and spray from the surf, so the firm wrapped the exterior in marine-grade Colorbond Ultra steel. Panels of Queensland blue gum, a native Australian hardwood, clad the street-side facade, which is protected from the harsh climate.

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