Somers Holiday Residence, Australia
Principal Architect – Ivo Krivanek
Brief: The clients required a beach house that displayed a connection to the land and topography.
Located on a steep cliff, the owners have 360 degree unrestricted views of Western Port Bay and its surrounds.
Only a small area of the site was suitable for construction. This happened to be at the very edge of the cliff, presenting a unique design challenge that required a considered engineering approach to ensure the house was adequately anchored to the bedrock.
The final design was a two-storey, C-shaped structure. The outer side provides a panoramic view of the sea and the inside embraces a swimming pool that echoes the setting.
Exposed brickwork on the lower floor lends from the beach upon which the building is connected. Timber that acquires a driftwood quality as it ages was selected for the upper storey.
Working with notable landscape architects, Tract Consultants, an elevated outcrop planted with indigenous vegetation was incorporated to provide a ‘green’ area that provides views over the top of the house and works with the topography.