Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

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Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

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.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

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.

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Photographer: 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.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

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.

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A Coastal Concrete Unipod
‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Design team:

Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli
Project Architect: Raffaello Rosselli
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
Joiner: BWO Fitout and Interiors

Photographer: Edward Birch

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

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

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

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Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

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.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

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.

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Photographer: 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.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

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.

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Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

If one is bored by the ever-changing views of the Pacific Ocean seascape one can contemplate and wonder on the lines of the ceiling joists, braced with traditional criss-cross braces.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

If one is bored by the ever-changing views of the Pacific Ocean seascape one can contemplate and wonder on the lines of the ceiling joists, braced with traditional criss-cross braces.

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Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

Open Plan, Inside/Outside, flow, seamless design, are all buzzwords for contemporary architecture, and particularly suitable for the Sydney coastal climate. However such concepts require a layering of ‘filters’: doors, curtains and shutters.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

Open Plan, Inside/Outside, flow, seamless design, are all buzzwords for contemporary architecture, and particularly suitable for the Sydney coastal climate. However such concepts require a layering of ‘filters’: doors, curtains and shutters.

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Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

The shutters form private screens when viewed from the street but are seethrough when the occupants look outward towards the view.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

The shutters form private screens when viewed from the street but are seethrough when the occupants look outward towards the view.

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Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

The Roscharch Blotch fireplace, located centrally in the open plan living floor, as with the traditional northern European ‘Stube’, with its centrally located stove.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

The Roscharch Blotch fireplace, located centrally in the open plan living floor, as with the traditional northern European ‘Stube’, with its centrally located stove.

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Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

Gardens do not grow very well on the salt ravaged escarpments of Tamarama, however Norfolk pines love it. The Romans liked orthogonality, horizons had to have vertical contrasting lines, often provided by obelisks or columns.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

Gardens do not grow very well on the salt ravaged escarpments of Tamarama, however Norfolk pines love it. The Romans liked orthogonality, horizons had to have vertical contrasting lines, often provided by obelisks or columns.

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Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

The dining area of the open plan living space features an ‘Oracle’ pendant by Christopher Boots http://christopherboots.com/product/oracle/ and painting by painting by Joshua Yeldham.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

The dining area of the open plan living space features an ‘Oracle’ pendant by Christopher Boots http://christopherboots.com/product/oracle/ and painting by painting by Joshua Yeldham.

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Photographer: 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.

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses

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.

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Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses ×

Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

Tama’s Tee Home by Luigi Rosselli Architects | Detached houses ×