Yet another class-A example supporting our foundation theory that the Australian post WW2 beach shack is a distinct subset of Twentieth-Century Modernist architecture.
This holiday house undoubtedly the location of decades of salt and eucalypt flavoured adventures in its simple structure and plan has far more in common with the functionalist designs of early Modernist Europe than perhaps anyone wants to see. However to those who have poured over endless MCM books in their lives, it instantly smacks in the face: This house was constructed as an unadorned, raised rectangle shape to feed, bath and doss a bunch of seasonal residents (form follows function). The materials were drawn from a slim range of rationed options, the more mass produced and easy to assemble the better (new options in technology and industrial answers for domestic builds). The windows are large and the living/kitchen open plan to take in the stunning beauty of the surroundings (site is paramount and flexibility, ease of living spaces a priority).
Unlike most hindsight, the retrospection of immense creative change of nearly a century in age is diffused and never 20/20. Many people these days are simply unable to grasp the sheer groundbreaking aspects of this backwater, antipodean architecture for its day, nor its high-theory forbears of the proceeding decades overseas, nor indeed can many see how the two could ever be related. However when the starting points are the same and a rejection of old building traditions and ideals have been cast aside (for theoretical, practical or societal reasons) then the end products, the finished buildings, we believe share a strong sibling relationship and the family likeness is very much there.