A modest, small and basic beach house. That is the St Andrews Beach House, located on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Australia. No shopping nearby, no restaurants around the corner. This place offers serenity and seclusion. A wildly beautiful coastline. The owner was fortunate enough to own land abutting national parkland, close to the foreshore and directly within the sand dunes. Designed by Austin Maynard Architects and
St Andrews Beach House is a two storey circular holiday home that takes advantage of the remoteness of site and expansive views, which extend in all directions. The house stands alone, in amongst wild bush, rugged sand dunes and scrub. The location is fragile and the house respectfully integrates into the environment. The house requires low maintenance, is relatively self-sustaining and basic, but not without simple creature comforts.
The house has multiple outlooks. Without a dominant orientation there is no need for a front, back and sides, St Andrew Beach House is all front. The ground floor comprises of kitchen, living and dining, with a bathroom and a laundry. An open deck area, within the tube, unites the spaces when the bi-fold doors are opened.
A central spiral staircase leads upstairs to the bathroom and bedroom zone. Unlike a traditional bedroom layout, the upstairs sleeping area is essentially one bunk room, separated by curtains. The sleeping zone at St Andrews Beach House is informal, casual and relaxed, where floor space is the only limitation. And when that limitation is reached, guests are invited to pitch a tent on the soft sand outside and use the house as a central hub.
Pictures by Derek Swalwell