Along the iconic Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia (arguably one of the World's most scenic coastal drives) is Ocean House by architect Rob Mills.
Perched on a steep slope where the bush meets the ocean, Rob has designed a house that sits comfortably in it's setting embracing both the landscape and providing a retreat for himself and his family.
Inspired by curvaceous forms, Rob has introduced an interpretation of a round turret at one end of the house which links to a simple rectangular structure at the other. Using concrete timber and glass, the house immediately has both an impression of solidity and lightness of form.
Of course the round element creates exciting opportunities for having some fun - the concrete spiral staircase and the round bedroom is not just a novelty but also showcases the amazing impact and effects concrete can create.
Rob explained that the house was partly inspired by both the surroundings and also the shape of both the light and the wooden bowl pictured below.
We have spoken before about the impact of using a reduced palette of materials - giving a serenity to space, allowing the integral beauty of those materials to shine, and the landscape beyond to be the hero - and here Rob has designed Ocean House to be 'a study in harmony. Raw and polished timber blend seamlessly with the forest to create a calming retreat'.
The house enables you to feel so connected to both differing landscapes - both the bush and the beach and what's more, this is also available as a holiday rental should you want to experience this for yourselves. For more info - you know what to do - click here!