The Mermaid Beach Residence is a new family home positioned along a surf beach in Queensland. Working with clients who have a strong appreciation of concrete, the building was designed primarily of exposed concrete internally and 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 streetscape. The textured concrete is created through a technique called ‘scabbling’ which involves grinding back the skin of the concrete by hand with a specialist impact drill to expose the aggregate underneath. The concrete façade is punctuated by timber panels to protect the windows from the harsh Queensland sun, and the building from storms.