There are a number of difficult challenges to consider with the harsh coastal site given its narrowness, length, steepness and orientation. The site affords some of the best views in Newcastle, views which expose it to some of the most extreme weather conditions and wild surf. It is through these severe conditions that we often find the most exciting buildings.
A strategy was developed around the idea of prospect and refuge: how the inhabitant might exist on a beautiful day versus bunkering down during an east coast low. Imagined across the site were a series of pavilions which step down the steep slope to create a coherent and connected plan. The spaces between them form courtyards that enable the sun to enter the building throughout the day and protect it from the strong winds in both summer and winter.