A MODERN take on the traditional beach shack in Point Lonsdale has been short-listed for a Victorian Architecture Award.
Four interlinked pavilions, each with its own vaulted roof form, create a series of separate spaces divided by private courtyards and decks at the understated Point Lonsdale House.
In a nod to beach houses of old, it’s clad in blackbutt timber, a material that also lines the internal walls, ceilings and floors.
The project, designed by Fitzroy architects the Edition Office and built by Fido Projects, is among 13 homes across the state in the running for the Residential Architecture — New Houses gong.
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The awards will be announced on in Melbourne on Friday night.
Australian Institute of Architects Victorian chapter president Amy Muir said the Point Lonsdale project was a standout.
“Successful architecture projects are the product of both dedicated professionals and clients who are open to thinking broadly and support considered outcomes,” Ms Muir said.
“Point Lonsdale House is an example of such a successful collaboration.”
Edition Office designed the house to represent an island among the coastal landscape and it is cantilevered slightly out over the its ground plane.
At the heart of the house is an open-plan living area with a series of operable perimeter walls which open up to adjoining outdoor spaces. On either side sit two bedroom pavilions.
Edition Office director Kim Bridgland said the brief was to design a holiday house that could expand to accommodate extended family and shrink back down as required.
“These two separate sleeping zones of the house are linked by a central shared living space which brings all of the occupants of the holiday home together,” Mr Bridgland said.
“This central and communal room lifts up spatially.”
The house includes a custom off-form concrete bath and shower and custom steel windows with extensive glazing.
Mr Bridgland said Fido Projects delivered excellent quality work and helped overcome any challenges during the build.
“In the end we designed a custom dining table which was made by the Fido team which was gifted to the clients when the project was completed,” he said.