Barwon Heads House

Location Barwon Heads VIC
Project Completion Under construction
Project Size 225m2
Project Description Located on a flat site covered with coastal vegetation within walking distance of the beach, this suburban block in Barwon Heads utilizes the classical device of an open courtyard with enclosing perambulating ‘veranda’. It is a Simple 225sqm low budget house, inspired by well known Australian modernist examples dating from the 50’s and 60’s; including Sir Roy Ground’s Alcorso house (now incorporated into MONA) in Hobart and houses in Victoria and New South Wales by Guilford Bell.

The owner sought a tripartite design to accommodate herself and two sons: one a musician and one with a young family. The plan with landscaped internal courtyard provides a private north zone for the owner and acoustically and garden separated east and west wings for the sons. The south zone provides for a covered carport, and each wing is fitted with its own bathroom facilities. The house has a flat roof hidden behind zincalume clad full height walls expressed across the open carport. A polished concrete floor, minimal joinery and room dividing storage units provide privacy and planning flexibility.