On Christmas day 2015, Bush fires swept through Wye River destroying 116 homes. Our client was one of the fire fighters who worked tirelessly, combating the fires, saving as many houses as possible. Sadly his house was lost in the fire.
The site is located on a steeply sloping block, obliquely facing Bass Straight. Perched high on the hill side above the ocean, the house sits where the tree canopy once stood, anxiously awaiting the regrowth of the surrounding bushland and return of the local wildlife.
The buildings rational form references the skillion roofed beach shacks common to the area, built during the 60’s-70’s. The simple construction methods, with expressed structural elements constructed of common materials produced a modest, humble quality to the village. This projects continues that legacy.
Upon approach, the building presents an impenetrable skin, yet once inside the building gradually opens itself up, revealing stunning views toward the ocean and the town center beyond.
WYE RIVER HOUSE
LOCATION: WYE RIVER, VIC PROGRAM: PRIVATE HOUSE
SIZE: 195 sqm