A Suburban House With A “Holiday At Home” Ambiance
Steve Domoney Architecture have recently completed a home in Williamstown, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
The architect’s description
With a property located directly opposite the sandy shoreline of a secluded beach, the primary drive in designing a new home on this site is obviously to provide the strongest possible connection from within the house to the beach and sea beyond.
Further consideration was needed to providing an outdoor space protected against prevailing winds and sea breezes, where one can sit comfortably outdoors, enjoying the beach environs regardless of Melbourne’s changing weather moods.
The resulting plan form with living areas to the first floor, accommodates the necessary visual linkage to the beach from all zones, be it kitchen, dining, family space and lounge, through a faceted glass facade and protected outdoor terrace area.
The arrangement of space is deliberately open and relaxed, evoking a ‘holiday at home’ ambiance throughout. The roof hovers and meanders above these areas almost seemingly detached from the walls below, presenting a lantern-like presence at night.
Limestone has been used extensively throughout, referencing the sand tone of the beach, with rich internal timbers providing the counterbalance and necessary warmth in an almost Balinese-like combination.
The external palette of limestone and dark weathered zinc paneling provides resilience to the harsh sea front condition whilst giving an assured nod to a relaxed coastal home typology.
Photography by Derek Swalwell
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