Who doesn’t love to escape to the beach? Whether they’re for holidays or full-time living, architecturally designed beach houses have a laid-back, beachy quality that’s hard not to love.
Instead of getting sand in your pants, check out the stunning beach houses we've featured on Lunchbox Architect from the comfort of your study:
Bimbadeen House by Lachlan Shepherd Architects Featured Project
You'd Never Know How Close the Neighbours Are in This Bush Hideaway
A clever design captures bush views and sunlight and turns away from the neighbours so you feel like you're in a world of your own...
Yandandah Road House by ITN Architects Featured Project
A Multi-generational Beach House for Relaxed Beachside Living
This beach house is all about creating informal living spaces, decks and shelter from the sun and wind for optimum beachside living.
Mass and Void by Sparks Architects Featured Project
This Home Stands Out in Its Housing Estate for All the Right Reasons
Even a block in a typical housing estate can benefit from an architect's touch, creating a home that's a joy to live in year-round...
North Bondi House by Josephine Hurley Architecture Featured Project
Location, Location, Location. And, Now, the Other Three Ls...
This 1980s-era home already had a stellar location. Thanks to an internal reno, it has everything else you'd want in a home, too...
Driftwood by Featured Project
A Beach House That Feels Private Without Missing the Views
A beach house doesn't need to feel like a glass box on stilts, this home feels intimate while still celebrating the views.
Clovelly by Modscape Featured Project
Six Prefabricated Modules Create a Forever Home With an Ocean View
Designed to make the most of the view, even from the backyard, this prefab modular home is like a viewing scope towards the ocean.
ALB/ by PLY Architecture Featured Project
Beach House Maximises the Views Despite a Narrow Frontage
Some clever solutions mean even a home on a long, narrow block can capture scenic, wraparound views of the ocean.
Torquay House by buck&simple Featured Project
A Beach House Designed for Everyone From Singles up to Groups of 20
This flexible beach house is the perfect surf trips big and small because it's focussed on the outdoors to create extra living space.
Dearie Residence by OMG Architects Featured Project
Mid-century Modern House Senstively Updated for 21st Century Living
An addition to this mid-century gem keeps the essence of the original while ensuring it's fit for family life in this century.
Dorman Beach House by Studio101 Architects Featured Project
Beach House Uses Its Steeply Sloping Site to Focus and Frame Views
Using the slope to its advantage, this beach house cascades down the hill and focuses your attention on the stunning coastline views.
House MT by Kart Projects Featured Project
Rather Than Open Plan, Why Not Go for Connected Plan Instead?
This retired couple wanted an intimate home for themselves, but what happens when extended family visit? Enter the 'connected plan'...
Seachange House by Solomon Troup Architects Featured Project
Real-life Seachange Gives Retirees a Chance to Create a New Lifestyle
These retirees packed up their life in Western Victoria to move to Barwon Heads. What lifestyle would you want out of a seachange?
Wickham Point House by Arcke Architecture and Interior Design Featured Project
Beach House Renovation Has a Minimalist Touch But Maximalist Results
Can you have too many beds at a family beach house? A reno retains the character of this beloved beach house but maximises flexibility.
Hart House by Casey Brown Architecture Featured Project
This Modern Australian Beach House Feels Like It's Floating on Water
This stunning modern Australian beach house has a whole wall of glass, taking in spectacular views of the beach and headland beyond.
Apollo Bay House by Dock4 Architecture Featured Project
New Spaces Draped Around an Original Cedar-lined Shack Like a Tent
A new asymmetrical frame encloses the original shack, wrapping new living areas all around to take advantage of the views.
Stradbroke Dual Occupancy by Graham Anderson Architects Featured Project
Clever Siting of Two Beach Houses Allows Both Homes the Best View
Running the two homes perpendicular to the street allows this dual occupancy design to maximise views and maintain privacy.
Avoca Weekender by Architecture Saville Isaacs Featured Project
Home Robust Enough for the Kids With Luxurious Touches For the Adults
This laid back holiday home is tough enough to cope with the kids yet luxurious: the perfect escape to create lifetime memories.
Hidden House by Andrew Child Architecture Featured Project
Hidden House: This Home Gives Little Away From the Street
A private, yet light-filled coastal home is the perfect fit for a retired couple, with plenty of room for visitors.
Gavin Street Residence by POD (People Oriented Design) Featured Project
How Much House Do You Need? How About the Least House Necessary?
This environmentally-considerate home is carefully planned to ensure it's compact yet spacious: the least house necessary.
Tropical Beach House by Renato D'Ettorre Architects Featured Project
Lock and Leave Tropical Hideaway Is a Perfect Escape for This Family
This tropical home locks down when it's not being used, but when it's open, it embraces the natural landscape in every direction...
Skyline House by Lachlan Shepherd Architects Featured Project
A Home in a Bushfire-prone Area That Doesn't Feel Like a Bunker
The clever design for this challenging site allows the home to deal with the threat of bushfire, while still taking in the views.
Bluebird Duplex by Featured Project
Two New Townhouses for an Adventurous Architectural Photographer
A creative design for two new townhouses defies many of the qualities of these types of developments to create bright and breezy homes.
South Melbourne Beach House by Topology Studio Featured Project
A Light-filled Beach House Just Two Kilometres from the City?
With an incredible site just one street from the beach and close to the city, these architects built their ideal family home.
Macmasters Beach House by buck&simple Featured Project
This Modern Beach House Design Celebrates its Spectacular Location
A modern beach house design replaces the ageing cottage on a property that has been in the family for over 50 years.
Surfmist House by Sandy Anghie Architect Featured Project
This Beachside Home Goes From Daggy and Confused to Surfmist Cool
Friends said they were brave to buy their home. But who's laughing now after a breezy makeover transforms this 1970s hot mess.
First Lessons House by Ray Dinh Architecture Featured Project
Getting the Basics Right Helps Architect Nail His First Solo Project
The careful siting of this new home helps it take full advantage of the sun and embrace a beautiful, bushy site.
Aireys Ramp House by Irons McDuff Architecture Featured Project
This Beach House Wraps Around Itself to Protect from the Elements
Living near the beach has its pros and cons. A great beach house needs to embrace the sunshine while protecting from cold ocean winds.
House Burch by Those Architects Featured Project
A Breezy Beach House Designed for Byron Bay's Sub-tropical Climate
Sub-tropical climates require a special approach to design to ensure they are comfortable in the sticky summers and the cool winters.
Green Shutter House by OOF! Architects Featured Project
A Dour Old Post Office Finds Its Mojo As a Sunny Summer Beach House
A house that was once a post office felt frustratingly disconnected from the outdoors has been transformed into a breezy beach house.
Burrill Lake House by Jost Architects Featured Project
This Classic Fibro Beach Shack is Updated for a Young Family
This home holds special memories for the architect, Pat Jost, making it important to retain the elements that fill it with character.
Courtyard Deck House by ZGA Studio Featured Project
A Courtyard Deck's the Perfect Way to Combine Old and New at This Home
A decked courtyard connects this existing home and extension, providing light, breezes and an indoor-outdoor connection to old and new.
7 September 2018 Article
Fibre Cement Houses: 5 Homes That Celebrate that Old Beach Shack Vibe
We take a step back in time to find five homes which celebrate the beach shacks of the past by cladding themselves in fibre cement.
Blueys Beach House 5 by Bourne Blue Architecture Featured Project
A Modern Take on the Traditional Fibro Beach Shack
Beachside towns were once dotted with simple fibro beach shacks. This modern home reinterprets that classic style.
Dark Light House by MRTN Architects Featured Project
A Small Addition Creates a Home Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
Light and dark, east and west, new and old, Dark Light House's new living pavilion contrasts without simply doing the opposite.
House 28 by Studio Edwards Featured Project
Shipping Container House Floats Among the Trees with Ocean Views
We're all a little bit obsessed with shipping container houses. You'll understand why once you take a look at this home...
Durimbul by MGAO Featured Project
A New Breed of Bushfire Resistant Homes are Sprouting in Wye River
After the bushfire of 2015, Wye River slowly rebuilds. Let's hope all the new homes are as beautiful and sympathetic as this one...
Riverwalk by Irons McDuff Architecture Featured Project
Modern Timber Beach House Still Achieves Bushfire and Energy Ratings
Clever thinking achieves a simple timber beach house the client desired while still meeting bushfire and energy efficiency regulations.
26 January 2018 Article
#CabinPorn: 7 of Australia's Best Huts, Shacks, Cabins and Retreats
Sometimes people are dicks. Escape and Thoreau yourself into this collection of Australia's best huts, shacks, cabins and retreats...
Empire House by Lachlan Shepherd Architects Featured Project
A Home Designed to Get Better With Age, Just Like Its Retiree Owners
Precast concrete and timber combine to create a low-maintenance home that will get better with age.
Torquay House by Robert Troup Architect & My Architect Featured Project
An Urban Take on the Traditional Aussie Beach House in Torquay
As Torquay becomes increasingly cosmopolitan with more permanent residents architects are rethinking the traditional Aussie beach house.
Court House by Peter Winkler Architects Featured Project
A Courtyard Connects Living and Sleeping Areas at this Beach House
Just a short walk from the beach and surrounded by Moona trees, a central courtyard is the link between this home and the landscape.
Dorman House by Austin Maynard Architects Featured Project
A Beautiful Old Beach Shack Retains Its Classic Charms
"There are too many beautiful old shacks being demolished, and Austin Maynard Architects won’t be part of it."
Mornington Beach Houses by Habitech Systems Featured Project
Beachside Homes Inspired by a Nearby Pier's Proportions and Detailing
These two homes are built on a pier structure that highlights their unique creek-side location near the Mornington foreshore.
Clarke Shack by mishack Featured Project
Holiday Shack Blends Mid Century Modern with Australian Rural Shed
Inspired by Mid-century design with a touch of Aussie shed, this stylish shack is the perfect combination of cool and practical.
Bramasole by Herbst Architects Featured Project
This Home Is Grounded Into Its Site by Walls of Gabion Baskets
A home set in an expansive garden is divided and sheltered into quadrants by cross-shaped Gabion baskets, creating a variety of spaces.
Riverside Alterations and Additions by Lachlan Shepherd Architects Featured Project
Clever Renovation Creates New Building Over Bones of the Original
Renovation uses half of the original roof structure to create a new raked roof and wraps the original fibro shack in new cladding.
The Whittaker Cube by Dravitzki Brown Featured Project
A Smaller Home Allows for Immaculate Details and Rich Materials
If you want the look and feel of luxury at your home, it pays to think a bit smaller and pay attention to the details.
The Whittaker Cube by Dravitzki Brown
Domain House by Lachlan Shepherd Architects Featured Project
Choose Flexibility Over Footprint to Save Money and Energy
With sliding doors and a fold down bed, a rumpus room/third bedroom provides built in flexibility while reducing the overall footprint.
Shoreham by Modscape