Photographer : Mark Roper
Against a spectacular coastal backdrop, Great Ocean Road Residence is in every way a home built for the future. The client's brief was a residence which would serve his family for generations. Sited on a unique position atop a prominent cliff, the residence has been designed to withstand a harsh coastal environment through both practical ingenuity and a timeless aesthetic quality.
Crucial to the success of the architecture is an embrace of the site’s location on this wild part of Victoria’s coastline. This rare position informs the residence’s view lines, natural materials which tie it to the land, grand interior proportions, fire-rated construction and extensive ESD principles. The overall design concept was to create a flexibility of use, allowing for shared intimate moments as well as large family gatherings. Combining wide corridors and high cantilevered ceilings, the interiors balance grand proportions with quiet beauty.
The solid construction provides silence against wild winds; while the continuity of stone from the outside in ties the building to the cliff. Within each space, seamless and sustainable principles combine with natural luxury, creating a place of true and natural belonging. The architecture has met the brief, environmental concerns, aspirations and responsibility of this exceptional piece of land. Embedded within an iconic coastal setting, created to last and crafted to host shared family moments, Great Ocean Road Residence heralds a new future of intelligent Australian coastal design.