Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Villa Marittima St Andrews Beach

When Architect Robin Williams designed Villa Marittima he had owned a old fibro cement shack on the site for 26 years and was in tune with the St Andrews Beach climate, seasonal changes and context. Inspired by the simplicity and subtlety of Japanese Architecture the house is minimalist with beautiful spaces that frame the ocean view.

The approach to the house is inspired from childhood memories of arriving at the beach and running up the sand dune to the first glimpse of the ocean. The entrance to the house is a gently sloping ramp with glimpses of the sky. Walking to the top reveals 180 degree views of the ocean.

Villa Marittima’s walls are made of translucent polycarbonate that allow the sunlight and evening moonlight to filter through into the home. The light is changing all the time and you feel like you are outdoors,” Robin says.

Architect’s Statement:

A private enclosure by the ocean, filled with natural light: with simple, expansive and flexible spaces.
Spaces in which to be joyful, liberated, relaxed and uninhibited.

The real luxury we have is space. Perfection is achieved when there is nothing more to take away.

Walls of translucent polycarbonate wrap the enclosure. These multi-celled walls insulate the villa. They softly change colour. Site awareness is maximised.

Access is a tea tree enclosed rear driveway. The first glimpse is a large simple, translucent, luminous polycarbonate wall, with a large matching sliding door. An object to excite curiosity.

Key Awards:

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) National Architecture Awards
2015 National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) National Architecture Awards
2015 People’s Choice Award Winner

Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria):
2015 Architecture Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

HOUSES Magazine Awards (Australia):
2015 New House over 200sq.m.: Commendation

SPASA (Swimming Pool and Spa Association) National:
2015 Pool of the Year (Australia)

SPASA (Swimming Pool and Spa Association) Victoria:
2015 Pool of the Year