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Max­imis­ing the sea out­look was para­mount in the de­sign of this townhouse on the Vic­to­rian coast.

Belle - - Coa S Ta L Home S - Pho­to­graphs PETER CLARK Styling SWEE LIM

These clients had a small farm on the Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula and en­gaged Coy Yion­tis Ar­chi­tects to de­sign a townhouse for them­selves and their chil­dren who were at school in Mel­bourne. How did you be­come in­volved with this project and what was the brief? The clients came to us af­ter see­ing some of our pub­lished work. They had bought the site years ear­lier as an in­vest­ment, and wanted an easy-to-main­tain home, noth­ing lav­ish or over­sized, that cap­i­talised on the views. What were the challenges of the site? It’s very flat, on a fairly busy road, so the view to the sea was par­tially ob­scured. By in­vert­ing the lay­out and putting the liv­ing ar­eas and court­yard up­stairs, we achieved clear views to the sea. The front win­dow was de­signed to mask the traf­fic and give the im­pres­sion that there’s noth­ing be­tween the house and the beach. The up­stairs court­yard pro­vides a shel­tered out­door space and helps to cre­ate a nat­u­ral breeze through the house. What are the con­sid­er­a­tions when de­sign­ing a home in a coastal set­ting? The view, the sun and the wind. Our clients bought the prop­erty for its po­si­tion and the view was of pri­mary im­por­tance. Get­ting north­ern sun­light into the liv­ing ar­eas when the view is to the south, and ex­ploit­ing the sea breeze to cool the house in sum­mer or pro­tect­ing from the cold south­west­er­lies are also im­por­tant. De­scribe the com­pleted home and favourite de­sign el­e­ments? This house is fo­cused on the sea. I like the way the space flows un­in­ter­rupted from the gar­den through the din­ing, court­yard and liv­ing, giv­ing the im­pres­sion of a space far larger than it is. I also like the broad en­trance stair – a the­atri­cal en­try and a place to sit with a cof­fee and the news­pa­per on a sunny day. How does the project re­spond to the land­scape and its coastal con­text? It is es­sen­tially ur­ban but the de­sign me­di­ates be­tween this and the coastal lo­ca­tion. The deep re­veals thwart the west­ern sun, the triple glaz­ing fil­ters the traf­fic noise, and the court­yard is a haven from wild sum­mer winds. What in­formed the se­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture, fit­tings and fin­ishes? Our brief was for a build­ing that re­quired lit­tle or no main­te­nance. The ex­ter­nal ma­te­ri­als – zinc, grey iron­bark tim­ber and raw con­crete block – will en­dure and age grace­fully. The same tim­ber soft­ens the in­te­rior which is pared back to com­ple­ment the clients’ art col­lec­tion and the view. Were the own­ers happy with the ex­e­cu­tion? The de­sign re­sponded per­fectly to their brief. What is the ap­peal of coastal liv­ing, and par­tic­u­larly this lo­ca­tion? This is Mel­bourne on the beach. The lo­ca­tion has all the ben­e­fits of be­ing by the sea with easy ac­cess to ev­ery­thing the city of­fers. coyyion­

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