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A multi-generational beach house in Australia with tranquil seaside views

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Auhaus Architecture has designed this spectacular modern beach house located in Ocean Grove, a seaside town in Victoria, Australia. This newly constructed 4,700 square foot, four-bedroom dwelling boasts waterfront views stretching from Portsea through to Lorne. The design wraps around the site, enclosing an elevated, tiered central courtyard and pool area with views straight through the house to the ocean horizon beyond.

To the ocean side, the house presents as two stacked, elongated volumes, one sheathed in a fine skin of concrete, the other in hardwood timber that will weather to a pale silver. The concrete wraps over and around the house, binding the volumes and opening at various points to reveal the inner workings of the house…  Continue below to see the floor plans!

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Auhaus Architecture BUILDER Ashley Crowe Builders CONCRETE DMC Concrete Art

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Spread out over three levels, the inner layout is interspersed with pocket courtyards and moments of double and triple-height space that amplify the feeling of light and air within the dwelling. Over the garage is a dune roof garden that over time will mature and meld with the surrounding landscape. Within the home, the roof garden frames the view of the Point Lonsdale lighthouse in the distance.

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This home was created to replace an existing home on the site that was held by the same owners, yet was no longer habitable due to significant steel corrosion throughout the structure. The architects were tasked with designing a new home that would be able to withstand the elements of the site, which included ocean spray and windy salt-driven rain.

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This multi-generational family included the owners, their two adult children, elderly grandparents, and future grandchildren. When creating this home, the architects focused on maximizing the site, building for the harsh elements and multi-generational living. The material selection is rustic and low-maintenance, including in situ concrete shells warmed up with Australian hardwood timber.

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What We Love: This beach house in Australia provides its inhabitants with a wonderful indoor-outdoor atmosphere for family living. Built to last for generations, this home will be a fabulous gathering place to make lasting memories in a beautiful seaside environment. Nestled into the dunes, this coastal home melds in with its surroundings thanks to the selection of hardwood timber that will weather over time.

Tell Us: What design elements in this home do you find most appealing and what would you change if this was your home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other unique home tours that we have presented here on One Kindesign in the country of Australia: Concrete home with fantastic design features overlooks the Sydney harbor and Contemporary home in Australia showcases stunning interior details.

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The main living spaces are beach-facing, while the adult kids’ bedrooms are located on the courtyard side of the home. The parents’ bedroom is on the upper level facing the ocean, while the grandparents’ bedroom is on the lower level.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Derek Swalwell

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