Project: Bucklands Beach House

Gross Area: 587m²

Year: 2016

Status: Completed

Role: Concept design through to Construction Observation

Bucklands Beach House

The design brief was to demolish the existing old house and build a new house of classic and contemporary design for a client’s dream home. The demolished existing house was constructed of brick veneer timber walls and concrete blockwork masonry and was in deteriorating condition.

 The client’s needs and objectives for the design of new house were:

  1. Classic and contemporary with a minimalist design and simplicity
  2. Maximise building area
  3. Maximise views to the waterfront
  4. Maximise daylighting
  5. Spacious design
  6. Extra large dining area for entertainment
  7. Specific rooms i.e. games room
  8. Privacy from neighbours and public street road
  9. Brick cladding as the main material for the house
  10. Concrete roof tile for roof material
  11. Less landscaping for low maintenance
  12. Materials of high durability and ease of maintenance


Site context: The site is a long and narrow plot with height to boundary limitations. From the upper floor, it has views of the Macleans Park greenery and waterfront views beyond.

Design solution: A new two storey house was designed and built to achieve the client’s needs and objectives within site limitations and budget. The building area was pushed to the limit to maximize the building coverage allowed. An architecture of simplicity and serenity was achieved. The architecture is minimal, sharp and crisp. The client favours a natural and neutral colour palette of white and natural hues of grey tones which is used throughout the house.

White walls reveal the colour of light. As the day progresses, the natural daylight animates the wall and changes in colour.

The owner and his family are much delighted with their new home. As quoted by the owner: "I am now a proud owner of a lovely beautiful dream home of my own.  Thanks to Swee Ngee and her hard work with the builder ... most important to me she listens to her clients wants and needs. Any future projects I would consult her." 

Lighting design in collaboration with Superlight ApS, Copenhagen.

Images by Jenna Todd Photography.