Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Sean Godsell St Andrews Beach House

Built in 2006 this unusual house has won many awards. Its elevated off the ground buy 4 large steel beams and is cantilevered 11 metres at each end. The sides of the house are made of steel louvers that are opened to let in the breeze (there’s always a breeze at St Andrews).

The house has a protective outer skin made from perforated oxidized steel panels which hinge open to form brise soleil shutters. The building is elevated on columns with parking and storage underneath.

Each space is accessed from outside via a promenade deck. To move from room to room one has to go outside and then inside thereby being exposed to the heat of summer and the extremes of winter. It serves to de-sanitise the controlled 22 degree Celsius built environment to which we have all grown accustomed and to remind the occupants of their own frailty.

Sean Godsell St Andrews Beach House
Sean Godsell St Andrews Beach House
Sean Godsell St Andrews Beach House Interior Hallway
Sean Godsell St Andrews Beach House Interior Hallway
Sean Godsell St Andrews Beach House Interior
Sean Godsell St Andrews Beach House Interior