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Cantala Cottage

Few of the beach shacks that once typified Gold Coast architecture of the 1950s and ‘60s remain.

This solid post-war home at Cantala Avenue, just a short walk from the beach and Marketta at Miami, exemplifies what can be achieved through reimaging and refit.

The original timber dwelling is retained and reconfigured while a new addition extrudes to the north of the site. The existing relationship with the street is preserved and enhanced with a prescribed entry sequence, landscape, low level fencing and seating; reinforcing and encouraging engagement with the neighbours.

The new addition and garden wall provide privacy to the neighbours who previously overlooked the site. Small landscaped courtyard spaces permeate the new addition to greatly improve the natural lighting and thermal performance of the dwelling. The narrative of the original timber dwelling is continued - material types, colours, details and experiential qualities are reinterpreted in the new addition.

7 Cantala Avenue, Miami


Building type: Residence
Architect: ME Architects
Built Circa 1960s, addition 2018
Website: mearchitect.com.au