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‘Robust’ design features for Torquay House, Australia


The Torquay House is a 2012 project by Queensland-based Wolveridge Architects. The luxury family home was designed to withstand the elements and can be found in Torquay, Victoria, Australia.

According to the architects: “This project attempts to challenge our traditional notions of how buildings can exist both in a coastal environment and in this case also the context of an emerging built form and character.

“In coastal conditions, buildings must be robust and defy the elements, yet create protective spaces, both internal and external which for us allow the occupants to feel safe, comfortable, privacy and enjoyment of good times. Whether the occupants are full-time residents or weekenders, the beach house is a place to look forward to arriving, whether in the heat of the summer or the winter’s cold.

“With excellent views to the north and south and a conscious motivation to avoid the east/west outlooks, this project evolved as a series of interconnected and robustly finished containers. Each prescribed to a rigid set of rules and the relationship and spaces between containers becoming essential to the program and to the life of the building.

“The robust mass of the buildings is intended to be offset by the expression of finely considered detail and proportion.”

Images courtesy of Derek Swalwell

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May 1, 2013 | Property | View comments

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