Camillo House | Blair Smith Architecture and Clare Hillier – CS Studio

Camillo House | Blair Smith Architecture and Clare Hillier - CS StudioClare | Photographer: Kate Shanasy

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Camillo House | Blair Smith Architecture and Clare Hillier – CS Studio

Traditional Land Owners
Bunurong
Year
2023
Chapter

Victoria

Category
Interior Architecture
Builder
LUBU Building Group
Photographer
Kate Shanasy
Project summary

We were approached by our clients, Clare and Sean, to transform a recently purchased 1980’s beachside home into boutique short-term accommodation. Their brief was to create a unique escape that fostered meaningful connection and contemplation. So, we set out to create a seaside getaway that would become a complete departure from the everyday.

The design was conceived as a series of design interventions that revitalised the original home while creating individual moments of sensory delight. Unhindered by the functional requirements of an everyday home, the response to the brief embraces the transient nature of its occupation, with an aim of imbuing a sense of theatre and joy into each lived experience.

A true escape in every sense of the word, Camillo is an antidote to the grind of modern life.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Our vision for Camillo, is that it is more than luxury accommodation. Rather than playing a supporting role in our guests’ holiday tale, the design creates an experience in and of itself. It is a backdrop for contemplation and inspiration – a space to live fully.

Whether it’s bathing outside, watching thunderstorms roll in while laying in bed or card games around the fireplace, our design frames the rituals of time away towards deep connection with nature and each other.

A true escape in every sense of the word, Camillo is an antidote to the grind of modern life.

Project Practice Team

Clare Hillier, Client and co-author / co-creator

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Alan Grimes, Colour consultant

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