This new home designed by Atelier Andy Carson is a sanctuary from its harsh surrounds, perched on a sprawling coastal site overlooking Werri Beach, New South Wales. Green pastures and paddocks running dairy cows line this 150-acre property on one side, rugged coastal cliffs and ocean on the other.

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

ArchitectAtelier Andy Carson
Location: Gerringong, NSW, Australia
Year: 2017
Gross built area: 486 sqm
Lead Architects:  Andy Carson
Other participants: Tom Potter, Catherine Bailey-Smith, Alvin Tsang
Head Contractor: Bellevarde Constructions
Structural Engineer: Ken Murtagh
Landscape Architects: Peter Glass & Associates
Surveyor: Allen, Price & Scarratts
Photo credits: Michael Nicholson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

From the architect: The four bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom main home consists of three linked pavilions, wrapped around a protected courtyard, while fingers at each end cantilever toward specific framed ocean and rural views.

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

The architects’ design is inspired by the spectacular landscape. The 180-degree views and breathtaking backdrop called for a respectful celebration of the location. Instead of providing the same view throughout the house with wall to wall glass, the design creates considered framed glimpses of what lies outside. Meanwhile, a storm-viewing room pays tribute to the drama of extreme weather fronts creeping up from the ocean.

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

The clients, Beau Neilson and her husband, Jeffrey Simpson, set the brief based on a clear understanding of how they live. No strangers to Architecture and design (Beau is daughter of art patrons Judith & Kerr Neilson), the couple desired an elegant, comfortable residence for all conditions. Their brief also called for a modest two-bedroom guest house on the site to cater to visitors and extended family.

Atelier Andy Carson has created a robust family home that actively explores the relationship between building and landscape.

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

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Headland House in Gerringong by Atelier Andy Carson

This new home designed by Atelier Andy Carson is a sanctuary from its harsh surrounds, perched on a sprawling coastal site overlooking Werri Beach, New South Wales

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