DUNE with a view

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - BEST HOMES - Words belinda wil­lis pic­tures sam noo­nan

PERCHED on dunes over­look­ing the stun­ning Yorke Penin­sula coast­line, this spa­cious hol­i­day house reaches out to­ward the sea. Its three pavil­ions are linked by a glassen­closed walk­way – mak­ing the most of the ma­jes­tic views from ev­ery an­gle.

And it has been care­fully de­signed to be en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. The site, says ar­chi­tect Max Pritchard, is one of the most sen­si­tive he has built on.

The struc­ture is placed atop the frag­ile dunes where its own­ers, an Ade­laide fam­ily, are re­mov­ing pest plants and re­plant­ing hun­dreds of new ones.

There are no ser­vices here: rain­wa­ter is col­lected for re-use, and power gen­er­a­tion and waste wa­ter treat­ment oc­curs on site.

“And, as al­ways, when we’re in a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion we try to max­imise the views,” Pritchard says.

An­other as­pect that makes this hol­i­day house quintessen­tially South Aus­tralian, is the gen­er­ous kitchen that serves as the hub of the house for its fam­ily and vis­i­tors.

The home also fea­tures shel­tered court­yards and large slid­ing doors, so the fam­ily can spend a large amount of their time out­side.

This is a house that is ca­sual yet strik­ing – and it serves as a place to make mem­o­ries from long days fish­ing, swim­ming and watch­ing the waves roll onto the beach be­low.

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