Tama’s Tee Home / Luigi Rosselli


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  • Architects: Luigi Rosselli
  • Location: Tamarama, Australia
  • Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli
  • Project Architect: Raffaello Rosselli
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Prue Ruscoe, Edward Birch
  • Assisting Architects: Gianfranco Panza, Sean Johnson
  • Interior Designer: Raffaello Rosselli and the Client
  • Builder: Building With Options Pty Ltd
  • Structural Consultant: Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd
  • Joiner: BWO Fitout and Interiors
  • Council: Waverley Council

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© Prue Ruscoe

‘Tama’ is short for Tamarama: a Sydney beach suburb, famous for its hedonistic surf culture, gradually being gentrified by a population that exchanges stock market tips while running barefoot to the ocean with a surfboard tucked under their arms.


Sketch 01

Sketch 01

Geographically characterised by steep escarpments that surround the beach (far narrower than its near neighbours at Bondi and Bronte), the homes that cling to Tamarama’s hillsides are a mishmash of ticky-tacky boxes left by the previous generation of beach bunnies, now dwindled by skin carcinomas.  


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© Prue Ruscoe

Ground Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

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Tama’s Tee Home was constructed on what was solid and reusable from the previous house.  Approximately fifty-percent of the previous structure was kept, including the large sandstone retaining wall to the front of the home and the garage beneath.  The new concrete ‘Tee’ structure to the front of the house was designed so that it would rest on the single point of the garage structure below that would bear the weight; this explains the ‘unipod’ shape to the front façade of the home and the need to provide it with a solid concrete structure.


© Prue Ruscoe

© Prue Ruscoe

Ocean side architecture must be designed and constructed with very weather resistant materials: the salt, humidity and wind are implacable agents of rapid decay.  If used properly, concrete is quite resistant to such seaside aggression. Marine grade roofing materials and stainless steel fixings are necessary in this position.  


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© Prue Ruscoe

To adapt to the hillside the house was built over four storeys.  Located on level three, the main living area benefits from ocean views to the northeast and a sheltered terrace to the northwest side that is protected from the strong coastal winds.


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© Prue Ruscoe

Project Architect, Raffaello Rosselli provided his own detailing and material palette interpretation for a refined beach house, embracing natural materials, exposed roof framing and light finishes that are washed by dappled and ever changing light that filters through custom designed shutters.     


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© Prue Ruscoe

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