Standing on the edge of a cliff 230 feet above the Pacific Ocean in Dover Heights, Australia, the Holman House designed by Durbach Block Architects has garnered much attention for its modernist construction and daring locale. The single-family house boasts a thoroughly contemporary open floor plan that maximizes traffic flow across two levels. A series of rooms line up along one side of the house on the first floor while the second story includes an expansive living area that juts out toward the ocean.
During the initial stages of planning, the firm spent more than half a year meeting with their clients about the shape and framework for the house. The result is a curvilinear structure on the upper level that is supported by stilts and which now houses the spacious living area. There’s also a covered veranda on the first floor, which adds to the home’s indoor-outdoor atmosphere.
Comprised of numerous glass walls, sleek polished wood floors, and rough-hewn stone the house is a modern contrast of materials and textures.
Making use of its landscape, the home seamlessly settles into the hillside terrain. The Durbach Block team even replanted the various plant species that originally grew on the cliff all around the property.
Surrounded by breathtaking views of the sky and water, it’s literally like living in the ocean, and I can think of few things as awe-inspiring.
Posted by Sebastien D. at 24 November, 2010