Spectacularly located above Shelly Beach in Manly, major alterations and additions were undertaken to this simple Californian bungalow.

The existing masonry structure was reworked and linked via a kitchen service core to the new lightweight living spaces. The new elements cantilever out into the views, hovering over the beach.

Interlocking skillion roof forms admit northern light deep into the plan and create a dynamic interplay of forms within the main living area as the upper study hovers overhead.

The arrangement of rooms allows for a variety of experiences within the one house, with the sometimes harsh sun and wind of the northern rooms overlooking the water contrasting with the sheltered living spaces on the south. These southern rooms open to a lush courtyard, where dense planting creates privacy from the street.

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