Ocean Winds | Josh Crosbie Architects

Ocean Winds | Josh Crosbie Architects | Photographer: Peter Bennett

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Ocean Winds | Josh Crosbie Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Eastern Maar


Regional Prize (VIC)
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Great Ocean Road Builders
Peter Bennett
Project summary

Built over 4 Levels, this dynamic home had to respond to a very irregular building envelop, an extremely steep site with an adjacent gully, very difficult site access, heavy vegetation and a BAL40 / flame zone bushfire rating. The modern black box – purposeful angular forms and sharp lines were embraced while concrete elements and brass touches brought the finesse. Matte Black steel external cladding was adopted for protection and low maintenance, and blackbutt internal lining utilised for warmth and character. The A large north facing upper clerestory window was conceived to provide passive solar gain as the main windows face south toward the ocean views.

Victorian Jury Presentation

My family love that this house propels us right up into the eucalyptus tree tops. We feel nestled into the bush but also connected to the ocean (we love to surf) thanks to the huge windows, deck placements and from our favourite place in the house – the bath tub in our ensuite. Our kids love their downstairs zone with multiple play nooks and break-out spaces for them. Our home is extremely robust which helps with low maintenance and is extremely well insulated which creates comfort all year round (and low running costs/footprint).

Project Practice Team

Phoenix Brown, Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Belco Group, ESD Consultant
Josh Crosbie Architects, Town Planner
Peter Bennett, Photographer
Simon Anderson Consultants, Engineer
South Coast Bushfire Consultants, Bushfire consultant
Tree Watch, Arboriculture assessment

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Ocean Winds | Josh Crosbie Architects | Photographer: Peter Bennett

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