A Eucalyptus-Lined Oceanfront Home in Australia

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April 23, 2014
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  This home in the village of Fairhaven gazes over the area’s longest beach and an open sea that stretches all the way to Antarctica.  Photo by: Sean FennessyCourtesy of: Sean Fennessy
    This home in the village of Fairhaven gazes over the area’s longest beach and an open sea that stretches all the way to Antarctica.

    Photo by: Sean Fennessy

    Courtesy of: Sean Fennessy

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  The house that architect John Wardle designed for a couple in coastal Fairhaven, Australia, twists and bends to comply with local laws that prevent buildings from disrupting the ridgeline views from the Great Ocean Road.  Photo by: Sean FennessyCourtesy of: Sean Fennessy
    The house that architect John Wardle designed for a couple in coastal Fairhaven, Australia, twists and bends to comply with local laws that prevent buildings from disrupting the ridgeline views from the Great Ocean Road.

    Photo by: Sean Fennessy

    Courtesy of: Sean Fennessy

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  Refusing to fixate on the seascape at the expense of other views, Wardle oriented the living room to a lush grove of trees. A yellow Bend sofa and two Husk chairs, both by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia, add splashes of color.  Photo by: Sean FennessyCourtesy of: Sean Fennessy
    Refusing to fixate on the seascape at the expense of other views, Wardle oriented the living room to a lush grove of trees. A yellow Bend sofa and two Husk chairs, both by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia, add splashes of color.

    Photo by: Sean Fennessy

    Courtesy of: Sean Fennessy

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  The rooftop terrace is furnished with a Tropicalia chair and chaise longue, designed by Urquiola for Moroso, and a Jil table by Justin Hutchinson for Tait Outdoor.  Photo by: Sean FennessyCourtesy of: Sean Fennessy
    The rooftop terrace is furnished with a Tropicalia chair and chaise longue, designed by Urquiola for Moroso, and a Jil table by Justin Hutchinson for Tait Outdoor.

    Photo by: Sean Fennessy

    Courtesy of: Sean Fennessy

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  Wardle’s firm designed the end-grain butcher’s block (left), which serves as an end-of-day gathering point where their kitchen meets the dining area. “We were happy to let John go free and see what he came up with,” the wife says. “He thought of things we would never have thought of, like the chopping board. He knew what we wanted.”  Photo by: Sean FennessyCourtesy of: Sean Fennessy
    Wardle’s firm designed the end-grain butcher’s block (left), which serves as an end-of-day gathering point where their kitchen meets the dining area. “We were happy to let John go free and see what he came up with,” the wife says. “He thought of things we would never have thought of, like the chopping board. He knew what we wanted.”

    Photo by: Sean Fennessy

    Courtesy of: Sean Fennessy

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  Wardle’s firm also designed the dining table, where up to ten guests can gaze out at the Southern Ocean. The solid-oak Hiroshima chairs are designed by Maruni.  Photo by: Sean Fennessy

    Wardle’s firm also designed the dining table, where up to ten guests can gaze out at the Southern Ocean. The solid-oak Hiroshima chairs are designed by Maruni.

    Photo by: Sean Fennessy

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  The couple, both surfers and beach lovers, wake up to stunning views of the azure-blue Southern Ocean in their otherwise monochromatic eucalyptus master bedroom. Wardle’s firm designed the bed base, and the panel in the ceiling hides a television.  Photo by: Sean FennessyCourtesy of: Sean Fennessy
    The couple, both surfers and beach lovers, wake up to stunning views of the azure-blue Southern Ocean in their otherwise monochromatic eucalyptus master bedroom. Wardle’s firm designed the bed base, and the panel in the ceiling hides a television.

    Photo by: Sean Fennessy

    Courtesy of: Sean Fennessy

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  A sliding window between the kitchen and the barbecue area makes outdoor cooking a cinch. “In summer, we eat out there a fair amount,” the wife says. Wardle chose zinc for the exterior to complement the trees that surround the house on its northern fringes.  Photo by: Sean FennessyCourtesy of: Sean Fennessy
    A sliding window between the kitchen and the barbecue area makes outdoor cooking a cinch. “In summer, we eat out there a fair amount,” the wife says. Wardle chose zinc for the exterior to complement the trees that surround the house on its northern fringes.

    Photo by: Sean Fennessy

    Courtesy of: Sean Fennessy

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  Fairhaven Beach House Floor Plan

A	Deck
B	Half Bathroom
C	Guest Bedroom
D	Entrance
E	Living Room
F	Deck
G	Dining Room
H	Kitchen
I	Master Bedroom
J	Master Bathroom  Photo by: Sean FennessyCourtesy of: John Wardle Architects
    Fairhaven Beach House Floor Plan A Deck B Half Bathroom C Guest Bedroom D Entrance E Living Room F Deck G Dining Room H Kitchen I Master Bedroom J Master Bathroom

    Photo by: Sean Fennessy

    Courtesy of: John Wardle Architects

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