Collection by Caroline Wallis

An Australian Beach Home with Stunning Ocean Views

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Eco-friendly features like solar panels and rainwater catchments keep this retreat's environmental footprint small.

Characterized by a balmy, temperate climate, the seaside Australian town Mount Martha couldn’t be a better site for this oceanfront home that opens itself to the sea breeze. OLA Studio, the firm behind the project, touts a strong commitment to passive thermal efficiency, exemplified by this project’s strategic planning and choice of materials. The four-bedroom, timber-clad home faces south to receive constant daylight and cross-ventilation via operable windows and a creative lighting scheme. The clients wanted a space that could easily accommodate any future children and friends. The home features three primary zones, each of which can be completely closed off from one another to provide both internal climate control and privacy. Ideally, however, the house would stay open to the outdoors. As OLA Studio's director Phil Snowdon explains, “These [ocean] views continue to hold your attention through the other rooms, allowing the intricacies of the dwelling to slowly reveal themselves.”

The home, clad in natural Australian timber, enjoys a sense of lightness thanks to slender columns that let it float...
Operable timber shutters and screens offer protection from extreme weather.
Immediately to the right of the entry is the main living space, which features a Jetmaster 700D wood-burning fireplace.
Snowdon calls the design of the entire house a collaborative process with the clients, who actually recycled a good...
A granite island countertop and black American oak cabinetry are a winning combination for the utilitarian kitchen.
External shutters and screens allow the homeowners to manage the sunlight and cross ventilation in certain rooms.
To reduce the home's environmental footprint, OLA installed rain water collection tanks and solar panels, which the...
A Mood Outdoor Table by Studio Segers for Tribù is surrounded by Terra Outdoor Chairs by Bram Bollen, also for Tribù.
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