Fairhaven Beach House – Victoria, Australia by John Wardle Architects

Shapes, dimension and movement define the Fairhaven Beach House in Victoria, Australia. Perched high above the coastline, this modern dream home’s dramatic U-shaped plan was invented by John Wardle Architects. 

A skin of grey zinc meshes with the seascape, while cantilevering and plentiful convex volumes offer distinction. A large angular front door greets, leading residents and guests into a long, timber-clad entrance corridor. In fact, the home’s interiors are entirely sheathed in this smooth warm wood, portraying a sleek minimalistic energy within an earthy coastal environment.

With three separate stories–basement, ground floor and first floor–rooms are large and spread out. A long, narrow wine cellar is nestled next to a casual living area and is on the same level as the two-car garage. The next story unfolds to reveal the main living area, dining room, study and two bedrooms (the third one is on the top floor.) The panoramic ocean views are magnetic, while the sound of the surf rises up towards the house creating a hypnotic lullaby.

The kitchen features a huge sliding window over the sink and an extensive flat-panel storage system which remains flush with walls creating a streamlined aesthetic. An asymmetrical wooden island helps transition the space to the dining room. The wooden table and chairs appear camouflaged within the timber-clad room and, with the plate glass windows, seem to have the capacity to slide out towards the ocean at any given moment–love this visual suspense!

Though sparsely furnished–a yellow leather sofa here, a grey-cushioned chair there–the home retains warmth, while a large glass-and-steel wood-burning stove deposits a certain coziness. Small perks of color like red and aqua appear, quite fresh against the abundant wood grain featured across the interiors. A central courtyard positioned to be protected from harsh winds gathers the living spaces together and features a wood deck replete with built-in outdoor grilling station.

Fairhaven Beach House may be one of the most unique modern dream homes with unexpected angular folds and captivating visual connections to its rugged coastline.

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