The Mermaid Beach Residence is a new family home positioned along a surf beach in Queensland. Working with clients with a strong appreciation of concrete, the building was designed primarily of exposed concrete internally, as well as externally, with the addition of timber shutters on the external windows to protect against the sun and weather conditions. The house includes a central, north facing internal courtyard, which allows the occupants to enjoy the outdoors even when the ocean winds pick up.
The design gives little away at the front, presenting a façade composed of smooth off-form concrete and textured concrete as a face to the roadway. The textured concrete is created through a technique called ‘scabbling’ which involves grinding back the skin of the concrete to expose the aggregate by hand with a specialist impact drill. The concrete façade is punctuated by timber panels to protect the windows from the harsh Queensland sun, and the building from storms.