The Villa at Barwon Heads, an L-shaped breezy and spacious beachside retreat by Bower Architecture

Architects: Bower Architecture
Location: Breamlea, Victoria, Australia
Year: 2016
Photo courtesy: Shannon McGrath

“The client brief for a breezy and spacious beachside retreat required engaging simple solutions to address and respect opportunities of site and surrounds.

An L-shaped plan wraps around the outer perimeter of the corner site, offering protection and privacy. Inspired by an abundance of gable roof beach houses, an abstracted silhouette shape is extruded through the new house, creating a clerestory and sculpting out intriguing interior experiences.

Rigorous internal planning generated a journey through three zones within the house: the entry and living areas facing north, the guest and study zone at the corner, and the enfilade master bedroom wing further north. A covered walkway buffers the master bedroom from the garden, creating a private edge to the dramatic lap pool. The walkway begins one of a series of parallel long viewlines through the house.”

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