Wye River | 2018
Domenic Cerantonio, Matt Hainsworth, Melisa Santos
Perched on a steeply sloping site above the Great Ocean Road, this new build on Karingal drive sits in amongst the Otway forest treetops with breathtaking views extending out to Bass Strait.
Upon entry, a three-meter-long steel bridge connects the house to its’ hillside, with a cantilevered carport that frames its own view. As you enter the front door, stairs, and a lift lead downwards to the house hidden below, with living and kitchen and dining amenity and three bedrooms it is a generous singular level plan.
The entire house is propped on 7m high stilts to reach out and capture the ocean in one panoramic gesture interrupted only by slender window mullions. With a permitter veranda wrapping around the house, its glass sliding doors can be opened to the trees and sea air.
The concept for the clients is that the building disappears, the experience is to be surrounded by the beautiful bush on the land, and the ocean view. The architecture disappears with the help of the narrow steel and glass, where the inhabitants can really enjoy the private escape, living in a house encapsulated by nature.