St Andrews Beach House

Situated on the coast of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, the St Andrews Beach House breaks the beach shack mold with a curvy new exterior. Its timber-clad facade is reminiscent of a traditional seaside shed. Over time, the wooden planks will weather, further fading into the wild brush and surrounding dunes. Inside, the two-story cylinder is free of any walls or corridors allowing for unobstructed views from every vantage point. Although most oceanfront homes are fitted with expansive decks and terraces, bi-fold doors on the ground floor transform the entire main living area into an open-air terrace. A spiral staircase leads to the upper level where the bedroom zone is housed. Instead of typical rooms, sleeping happens in a bunk area that can also double as an additional living space. Guest accommodations are found on the front lawn where the home's casual environment welcomes visitors to pitch a tent right on the sand.

Photos: Derek Swalwell / Austin Maynard Architects

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