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At an exposed rugged site on the Mornington Penninsula, fronting a national park and Bass Strait, this bach house not only responds to the landscape but eventually will become part of it as the surrounding shifting snads and advancing ti-tree vegetation compose natural formations around and under the house
The connection and immediacy of nature is overwhelming
From the beach (facing south) the house appears to merge in with the dunes.
With the views came a problem - the dunes are constantly shifting, which made building the house here a difficult assignment.
This was enhanced by an entire elevation of galvanised steel-framed glass panels (30mtrs long) which reflect dramatic skies or tufted dunes - and a full length run of jarrah steps which over time have weathered to resemble the nearby silver coloured tea trees.
A gesture of disappearing into the landscape by blending into the textures of nature.
The central loggia opens onto the beach - it was designed to create a direct connection to the smell and mist of the ocean. During storms it is a very intense experience
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