Residential Design: New Houses $500K-$1M
What a site, what a house! This site called for an inspired design which interacted and respected an amazing location on the beach front with the dunes falling away from the ocean.
The approach to this building and its inspiring use of timber and mutual tones blends perfectly into the surrounding environment stepping up to the beach front beyond. The timber cladding design provides a hint of the old coastal shacks which once adorned Victoria’s coast line, while the rocky bluestone groin picks up on the natural stone of this area. This dwelling unfolds before you as you follow the staircase from the lower approach up to the main entry area where carefully framed views of the southern ocean lie beyond.
The floorplan has been carefully considered, with interconnecting spaces flowing freely between the kitchen, dining, main living area and the outdoor sheltered courtyard. All these areas capture framed views back to the ocean and beachfront beyond, while maintaining a sense of privacy.
A great house calls for a considered approach to address the site topography, the prevailing weather conditions, the use of materials, adjoining structures and landscape, the built form and massing. This building has considered and responded with the above elements to create an exceptionally well-designed and planned house and it is the worthy winner of this category.
Excellence in Use of Glass
This carefully crafted house was nominated by the Judges for this award for the manner in which glazing has been considered as an integral part of the whole. Despite breathtaking coastal views, the clichés of full height, uninterrupted sheets of glass have been avoided and, in their stead, picture windows and a series of vertically oriented windows have been neatly slotted between the exposed framing of the external walls. The rhythmic pattern of these windows serves almost to freeze-frame the views, providing a build-up of tension and excitement which makes the picture windows all the more spectacular. Simple interior treatments ensure that the windows and the views they offer remain at centre stage.