Located on a stretch of cliff-top land with views towards the sea, the site is at the end of cul de sac and abuts the Flinders Golf Course on two sides. The brief was to design a weekend “retreat” within a very tight budget.
The design explores the idea of a retreat in connection with the notion of "isolation". The peculiar location of the site and the surrounding geography alluded to this sensibility. Architecturally, this is referenced through the way the surroundings are viewed from the interior, in the positioning of the house on the site, and in a more general sense, in how it connects to a notion of “simple architecture” through the use of materials and its formal clarity.
On a stretch of cliff-top land on the edge of the sea the house is located on a site adjacent to a golf course. Its strong materiality and formal simplicity connect with a notion of “simple architecture”. From the road, past a black wall, one traverses a mound to enter the house. Seven coats of stain are applied to this wall. It gives it intensity.
The interior is calm and sensual. Its elliptical walls finished with the veneer of a single eucalypts tree. Each slice hand sourced and applied as a “final skin”. From this space one observe the life of the golf course as if looking at some sort of “cinematic scene”- a movie. There is calmness to this scene, as golfers drift past with rhythmical consistency.