The Contemporary Point Lonsdale Beach House, Australia
Baenziger Coles a Melbourne-based design studio designed Point Lonsdale Beach House, a contemporary beach house in Point Lonsdale, a coastal town near Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia.
The building is a reflection of the owner’s passion for the outdoors such as surfing, fishing, and surf life saving. A desire for a retreat whereby one can simply relax, unwind and also entertain family and friends in a comfortable space with an integral link to the outdoors. This was more about the connection with the ground rather than views of the water or the beach.
The design of the house is contemporary and the size of the house respects adjoining neighbours. The site orientation and arrangement of the built forms respond and embrace the natural environment at every opportunity, as does the use of local and recycled materials. The design refelects a passion for quality, aesthetics, functionality and a relationship with the environment.
The design is based on the simple arrangement of three distinct elements – the first floor “container”, the ground floor area that contains the internal spatial arrangements and the lounge area.
The contemporary house promotes openness yet the clearly defined spaces can be easily closed off or zoned for privacy if and when needed. Vertical glazed panels between the perimeter glazing interconnect the partitioned spaces and offer views from one end of the house to the other. The quality of the external architecture is clearly reflected in the interior spaces.