One of the things I like most about the Australian beach design vernacular is that it comes in varying shapes and forms and is constantly changing and adapting. This project by Steve Domoney Architecture located in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Williamstown is a perfect example of adaption in design.
In developing the program for this home, the architect was faced with the challenge of a block of land that, although it directly faced the beach, was deep rather that wide across. In providing the necessary connection between the house and the beach, the main living and communal areas were placed on the first floor with large expansive glazing to give this connection. Following on from this, as the architect puts it, “the arrangement of space is deliberately open and relaxed, evoking a ‘holiday at home’ ambiance throughout.”
The palate also reflects this relaxed mood with the materials chosen – limestone, ashy brown timber and weathered zinc – pulling inspiration from the surrounding coastal environments. In all, the house design reflects the Australian way of living by the beach, almost on the beach and in a very relaxed way.
Story by Brendan Guy, follow him on Instagram MrBrendanGuy
Images: Derek Swalwell