Primitive Waterfront House in Coogee by MPR Design Group


Five miles southeast of Sydney, at the edge of Australia’s Tasman Sea, you will find the distinctive beachside suburb of Randwick called Coogee. The name is aboriginal for smelly place but nothing remains to explain its origin. Instead, MPR Design Group honors its history with the primitive architectural style of their 2010 Coogee project that won MPR the Waverly Design Award for the second successive year, complementing their several other commendations.

This double block oceanfront home at Coogee leaves nothing to be desired as to its exterior and interior layout. Built right on the beach, its outdoor space boasts an infinity pool with a contemporary al fresco lounge that offers refreshing views.


The painted pergola is a focal point of the outside design, and the same combination of natural and painted wood is used for interior fixtures and furnishings.


Ceilings and floors are layered with natural wood, expressing the organic quality of the home, and neutral tones make for a clean beachside look. The wide-open common area allows full enjoyment of 5,920 square feet of living space.


Ample storage brings functionality to the home office. Ceramic tiles and wood ceilings are highlighted by the monochromatic white color scheme. Minimal décor and limited architectural embellishment keep the design modern.


The use of natural tones remains consistent around the expansive kitchen bar, which encourages casual meals that suit the home’s carefree attitude.

Adjacent to the public area is a living room that features a modern hearth. Simple color choices and the use of wood in some of the furniture enhance the home’s chic personality without compromising the sense of intrinsic comfort.

The pergola does homage to the region’s Aboriginals by evoking a tribal motif while its geometric lines speak of modern sensibility.

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