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Venus Bay Beach House in Victoria
12 Mar 2022
Design: MRTN Architects
Location: Venus Bay Beach, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Photos: Nic Granleese
Venus Bay Beach House, Victoria
A bach is a New Zealand term for a family summer house, usually fairly basic in form and simple in finish for when you are your bach you do your living outside, an appropriate starting point for this coastal house for a family of five originally from NZ.
Venus Bay in South Gippsland is about two hours from Melbourne and located between Inverloch and Wilsons Prom. The coast is a rugged, exposed stretch of white sand beach with a predominant southwesterly wind. The site slopes steeply way from the road and was subject to wildfire restrictions.
From the street the Venus Bay Beach House appears as a low-lying simple volume hunkering down against the wind but as you enter through the entry the floor steps down with the fall of the site from the dining and kitchen level to the living spaces and then to a covered deck.
Each change in floor level results in higher ceiling heights as the view to the northeast is revealed.
The covered deck is key to the success of the house. Designed as a large outdoor room that is sunny in winter, shaded in summer and out of the wind and rain.
Clad in a sustainably harvested and processed board and batten timber stained a dusty green in reference to the scrubby tea tree and wattles that surround it.
This house is loved and well used by the clients, whole families come and stay while other friends drop by for a visit, packs of children put on plays from the deck, there are snacks and drinks at the outside table while others retreat inside for a quiet read. And this can all happen at the same time and that is what a bach is all about.
Venus Bay Beach House in Victoria, Australia – Building Information
Design: MRTN Architects – https://mrtn.com.au/
Completion date: 2012
Photography: Nic Granleese
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