"The design shows off the beauty of off-form concrete in a soft home
abode,” says founding principal Nick Tobias.
Nick says he set out to
make a building that was 'very quiet from the outside', utilising concrete
to create balance with the natural seascape
and neighbouring urban environment.
at the high tide level of the Pacific Ocean, the site presents an
aggressive, abrasive and corrosive environment. Concrete was selected as
the primary building material for its robustness and durability, and
the ease with which it can be used to create beautiful architectural
The building spans five storeys, with three above the front street access and two leading down to the high tide mark. An intriguing feature of the building is the “wave return” at its base on the seaward side, a defence against the elements. The building is founded on Sydney sandstone, which, along with the home’s concrete construction, supports its future in the challenging environment.
Oceanfront balconies with a void space have been used to capture the magnificent views. Expressed concrete beams and columns form the matrix of a showcase facade, giving the building strength and character.