Living Screens Conceal a North Bondi Beach House and a Semi-Indoor Pool

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By Michele Koh Morollo
LED-lit, living wall screens provide privacy while allowing the home's owners to enjoy an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

A family of five in the Sydney suburb of North Bondi wanted a home that would allow them to entertain and engage in their favorite activities at the nearby beach, including swimming and surfing. But the plot they owned was a narrow site that was easily overlooked by the two-story houses that flanked it and the low-rise apartment blocks across the street. 

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To establish privacy while creating a place where the family could entertain and enjoy indoor/outdoor living, Sydney-based firm CplusC Architectural Workshop created a set of fully plumbed, self-maintaining, LED-lit, green wall screens fitted with custom planter beds on the front and side of the house’s facade.

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These screens keep the interior spaces hidden, and once the plants have grown, they'll give the house a vibrant green "skin" when seen from the outside.

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The two-story, 2,271-square-foot house is separated into social and family zones. 

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The ground level holds the kitchen, dining room, living area, and outdoor spaces, which are all interconnected and provide great circulation for parties. 

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The sports equipment is stored in the entry courtyard, so it’s easy for the family members to simply grab their surfboards when heading out to the beach.

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A galley kitchen with a custom-built bench creates a highly interactive space where family members and their friends can chat as meals are being prepared. 

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An above-ground lap pool shares a transparent wall with the double-height living lounge, dining room, and kitchen—visually connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces while refracting sunlight throughout the lower level.

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On the upper level are the bedrooms and bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms look out to either green spaces inside the property or the vertical living screens.

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Cor-Ten steel, timber columns, burnished concrete, and unfinished, wood-composite boards that have been bonded with cement give the house a cool, laid-back charm. 

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The living green walls, a large rainwater storage, and 10KW solar systems on the roof make this screened home both stylish and self-sustaining.

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Project Credits: 

- Architect and Builder: CplusC Architectural Workshop 

- Structural Engineer: SDA Structures 

- Landscape Design: Junglefy 

- Lighting: Electrolight 

- Interior Design: Jason Sullivan 

- Sound Engineer: Alder Technology Consulting 

- Cabinetry Installation: Bondi Kitchens 

- Photography: Murray Fredericks