It’s part futuristic, part early-1970s, part modern-day beach shack. Cape Schanck House by Paul Morgan Architects is a product of its surrounding landscape and the strong environmental conditions it experiences close to the bay.
Built in 2006, its frame was developed after thorough analysis of sunlight’s movement across the site, along with the wind’s frequency, speed and direction. The resulting award-winning design is both environmentally driven and aesthetically intriguing, with walls and windows taking on uncommon angles, and the striking internal water tank (aka living room “blob”) acting as a natural cooling system in warmer months.
There are two bathrooms and three bedrooms, which can sleep up to eight guests. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, including pantry staples such as olive oil, salt and spices. Bar the dishwasher, all appliances are in the laundry – hidden away for the sake of aesthetics, perhaps. There’s a washer and dryer if you’re staying a while.
The rear glass doors open onto a sprawling back lawn for hosting balmy summer dinners, and a fireplace and a barbeque outdoors.