At probably half the size of many houses that now line our metro beachfront, Spinifex House is like that new kid in the playground dwarfed by the surrounding bullish show-offs.

Project Name: Spinifex House
Studio Name: Khab Architects
Completion Date: 2019
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Photography: Peter Barnes

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Emulating the old shacks, she touches the ground lightly, respecting the dune and blurring the boundary to the adjacent reserve. She deftly responds to the harsh and beautiful setting using an animated shell of corrugated iron as an integrated element to address entry, privacy, and protection, while ensuring dedicated frames to the gorgeous broad view of beach and sunset.

©Peter Barnes

Honest, tactile materials, efficient planning and connection to context offer a rich and cohesive living environment that captures the casual, relaxed feel of a holiday house.

©Peter Barnes

Spinifex House is exemplary for Adelaide’s metro coast – a modest and counter-cultural leader who doesn’t need flex or fake tan.

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