Architecture: Scape House

Jun 1, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Christine Francis
  • Designer
  • Architect Andrew Simpson Architects

This family coastal residence is located on a stunning isolated site in eastern Victoria on former farmland. The design is an investigation of how an idealised conception of “house” is transformed by its context and use. The site has extraordinary qualities: harsh prevailing winds of the Roaring Forties, a sloping site, and sublime panoramic views from Cape Liptrap to Wilson’s Promontory. The residence required maximum flexibility as a beach home that could accommodate varying sleeping needs, from a single guest to burgeoning family summer holidays.

As a point of departure, the sectional character of the design adopts an idealised, child-like profile of a gabled house. However, this reading of the architecture is subverted by a reorientation of the plan. The house twists to accommodate framed views and take advantage of the natural fall of the site, with two wings capturing significant views of the landscape to the east and west.

Internally, the wings are mediated by an ambiguous central space that operates as provisional gallery, entry, veranda, storage, dining, lounge and circulation zone.

*Team* Architects: Andrew Simpson, Owen West, Steve Hatzellis and Dennis Prior

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