Aireys Inlet is a small coastal village known and loved for its quiet casual nature. For this project Byrne Architects were fortunate enough to have a site high on the cliff line with spectacular views to the famous Aireys Lighthouse, Eagle Rock, Lorne and the ocean beyond in coastal Victoria Australia.
The house is essentially three levels, although both ground and first floor are split at key moments to take advantage of views and connect back to the landscape. Central to the concept of fluidity and exploration between the house and the high cliff drop to the ocean are simple sand and gravel tracks, a rarity along the great ocean road. Cliff line trails rise and fall, bend and disperse, on occasion opening up to expose exquisite hidden beaches. Bryne Architects aim was to emulate this fluid and permeable environment. There is no front or back, and the house is entered from various levels.
While at ground level there is a sense of embededness and continuity, the main structure of the house is perched high on the site. The wedge form barricades the building and garden from violent winds from the south, while framing views to the ocean and across the hills to Lorne in the distance.
Inside the rooms are filled with natural light. The warm, natural red Ironbark cladding is continued over internal walls. Material finishes are robust and allowed to weather naturally. Every room feels informal and inviting, as a beach house should be.
Photography by Shannon McGrath