North Avoca

North Avoca

Located on the foreshore of the idyllic NSW Central Coast, the four North Avoca Beachside Residences are designed to capture ocean views, bringing the inside out.

We are proud to acknowledge the Djadjawurrung people, the Traditional Custodians of the Country in which the North Avoca project is located. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.


Location: Avoca, NSW
Status: Completed
Year: 2016
Size: 1,206m2
Photography: Rodrigo Vargas

Project Team

Halcrow: Structural & Civil Engineer
IGS: Services Engineer
Clouston: Landscape Architect
City Plan Services: Building Surveyor


Award for Excellence, Australian Institute of Architects, Newcastle Architecture Awards, 2017
Award for Multi-Residential Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects, Newcastle Architecture Awards, 2017
Shortlisted for Apartment or Unit Award, Houses Awards 2017



The North Avoca Beachside Residences are an award-winning multi-generational apartment alteration designed by Genton. Located on the foreshore at idyllic North Avoca in NSW, the project involved the transformation and extension of a 1970s block of four apartments.

The four beachside residences of between three to five bedrooms were designed to capture the ocean views, bringing the inside out while maintaining the residences privacy. Each of the four distinct apartments are intertwined throughout three pavilions, with sectional articulation in floor-level, light admission and clever planning to provide privacy social interaction in the shared, communal external spaces and borrowing open space from its natural setting.

The original building was completely renovated and upgraded to become the eastern pavilion of the new design. The beach-facing facade enjoys 180 degree ocean views as a result of floor to ceiling glazing and large cantilevered balconies provide exclusive outdoor amenity without impacting the foreshore exclusion zone.

Working collaboratively with the Local Council and specialist consultants, we were able to maintain the dynamic nature of the existing foreshore while meeting our clients brief and expectations.

Genton worked within the Councils Coastal Management Plan to anticipate future sea level rise and detailed the building accordingly to allow for safe erosion of independent elements.

We are proud to acknowledge that Genton's studios are on the lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation.