Here is an amazing and highly original beach house on coastal Madagascar by SCEG architects.
The house is superbly designed to maximize coastal breezes.
The roof is flipped up to catch and direct a flow of air through the structure.
Under the shelter of the straw roof, only four rooms at each corner are enclosed.
Only two enclosed spaces are on a second ‘floor’ that is otherwise completely open.
Between these stucco rooms, the heart of the home is entirely open to the cross breeze.
The enclosed spaces on the second floor are connected by wooden paths under the roof.
A modular rhythm is established by the persistent use of open air trelliswork to separate the spaces.
The four enclosed stucco-clad spaces are at the four edges of the house.
In the enclosed rooms, the modular rhythm is continued in the window muntins.
A platform of cooling concrete keeps the bedrooms cool.
Wooden French doors attractively frame the cool grey concrete.
The straw roof is loosely suspended above the entire structure.
A lovely earth toned stucco is combined with a warm red wood to create a simple but sensuous texture palette.
The overall effect is simultaneously sultry and cool.
The uniqueness of the design is all the more astonishing for being on such an isolated island.
The design, combining architectural woodworking with colored stucco and concrete is reminiscent of the work of Studio Mumbai.
Wood is even used to frame tiny square windows that poke out from the bedrooms upstairs.
Each day’s end brings the warm glow of the sunset behind the island of Sakatia.
This is a very unique home that is warmly welcoming and civilized, while being completely open.
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