A sky-high deck takes in­spi­ra­tion from its coastal habi­tat.

Inside Out (Australia) - - Gardens -

Ar­chi­tect: Michelle Find­lay, Far­nan Find­lay Ar­chi­tects (far­nan­find­lay.com.au).

When you score a killer view, you have to make the most of it – and that’s what this se­cond-floor deck in Clovelly, Syd­ney, does. It’s the cen­tre­piece for the fam­ily liv­ing here, who spend ev­ery chance they get en­joy­ing the breezy out­look. “An over­sized el­e­vated deck max­imis­ing the ocean view while main­tain­ing pri­vacy was im­per­a­tive,” says ar­chi­tect Michelle Find­lay. The fa­cade is clad in spot­ted gum, which was cho­sen for its beau­ti­ful, weath­ered qual­ity as it ages, and to link the space to the beach be­low. Tex­ture is a driv­ing force be­hind the de­sign of the home.

Flanked sides will pro­tect from the wind’s harsher el­e­ments in beach­side lo­ca­tions and of­fer pri­vacy. In­cor­po­rat­ing pan­els that open al­lows air to cir­cu­late dur­ing the warmer months.

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