Coastal architecture focuses on the use of simplistic yet innovative design techniques to create places that encourage a connection to the surrounding environment. Combining a strong attention to detail with the use of recycled materials, coastal sustainable development seeks to establish spaces that can expand and contract around guests, adapt to seasonal weather patterns, optimise solar orientation and maximise views. Coastal houses that link people and place, present an experience of the elements and celebrate the use of local materials demonstrate key elements of coastal modern architecture.

Thinking Big—Tiny House in the Bush

Issue 86

This tiny house in the bush meets a huge brief – artists’ residence, family getaway, meditation retreat and weekend rental – all in an utterly exquisite setting.

Bach to Basics

Issue 83

A tiny St Andrews beach house creates a ‘deluxe yurt’ for a young family keen to be thrown together and experience the elements.

In the Trees

Issue 82

A Jan Juc home for a retired builder and avid gardener designed by their son and daughter-in-law takes inspiration from the beach house vernacular and rejoices in the landscape.

Common Good

Issue 72

Sitting in a prominent coastal location, this house is not only comfortable and sustainable for the family but has been welcomed by neighbours and residents.


Issue 70

A family home in northern NSW is deliberately stripped back to engender connection with people and place.

Sun, Sand and Shelter

Issue 69

That most ingrained fixture of patrolled Australian beaches – the stalwart lifesaver’s tower – has been elevated into an architectural feature in its own right by MRTN Architects.

Heaven Sent

Issue 68

Designed by Casey Brown Architecture, Hart House is a simple and beautiful one-bedroom home in an enviable location.