The unassuming beauty of this house is expressed in understated materials and rammed earth that have been worked in a master craftsman-like manner. Local houses with classic beachy weatherboards and boatshed cladding inspired other material selections. The humility of the design direction reflects our desire to nestle gently into the locale. That led to the idea of the house as a presence like a quiet witness with biophilic qualities. Located on Waddawurung Country neighbouring the Barwon Heads Golf Club, golf-course vistas have influenced the design. The fluid roofline takes cues from the golf-course with its gentle undulations, curvaceous bunkers and rolling greens. The house hunkers into the landscape, yet achieves ocean views from the upper deck by using multiple decks and roof treatments. Responding to an ancient Moonah tree on the site, the multiple decks relate to the tree’s height and shape, hinting at the idea of a treehouse experience.
Annabelle Roper, Graduate of Architecture
Kirby Roper, Design Architect