The Rest Residence by Tim Spicer Architects and Col Bandy Architects:
“The Rest House in Flinders is the end result of a lengthy-standing friendship between the customers and architects. Their shared love of sailing and the Australian coastline inspired the form of this residence located by the sea. Its butterfly roof mimics a boat’s hull, its angled walls defending the garden from the prevailing southerly winds that whip off Bass Strait. The constructing and landscape have been designed to seamlessly integrate, utilising the slope of the land, the surrounding vegetation and views of the valley and ocean.
Created for an active retiring couple, the initial floor contains a huge kitchen, dining and residing location and, at its easterly finish, spills onto an entertaining terrace and backyard at the rear of the block. At the west end of the house, the living area opens up onto a huge cantilevered deck, enclosed by stainless-steel mesh, which gives a protected vantage stage overlooking the valley beneath. Normal light floods the massive glazed walls, whilst sliding doors to the north, east and west connect the inner spaces with the surrounding garden and bush vistas.
A discreet passage connects the main residing area to the master bedroom and ensuite, which supply views more than the terraced backyard and across the coastal landscape in direction of the ocean. The fall of the site offers way to the ground floor beneath which is made up of 2 guest bedrooms, wet areas and a lock-up garage. A huge water tank has been integrated into the style to type the base of the terrace over.
The residence resources respond to the salty coastal spot – concrete, glass, corten and galvanized steel – selected for their inherent durability. The design is purposefully comprehensive to accentuate the materials’ correct traits and structural connections.”
Photos by: John Gollings