The most swoon-worthy houses in Victoria

Villa Marittima. Photo: Dean Bradley

Villa Marittima. Photo: Dean Bradley

Check out these architect-designed homes that have Maria Harris and Emma Houghton swooning:

Villa Marittima St Andrews Beach

Villa Marittima. Photo: Dean Bradley

Villa Marittima. Photo: Dean Bradley

Architect Robin Williams

Client brief A new build for architect Robin Williams’ own home, which replaced a fibro holiday shack on a property he bought 25 years ago. It caused waves in architectural circles and competitions all year, and won nine awards.

From the architect “A private enclosure by the ocean filled with natural light with simple, expansive and flexible spaces. The key visual focus of the villa is the sensuous simplicity and energy of water. The main living space and terrace hover between the ocean and the swimming pool.”

Villa Marittima. Photo: Dean Bradley

Villa Marittima. Photo: Dean Bradley

Awards include:

● Australian Pool of the Year 2015, SPASA (Swimming Pool and Spa Association);

● Victorian Pool of the Year 2015, SPASA;

● Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards – 2015 national award for residential architecture, new houses;

● Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards – 2015 people’s choice award; and

● Houses magazine awards (Australia) 2015 – new house over 200 square metres commendation.

Highfield Merricks North

Highfield. Photo: supplied

Highfield. Photo: supplied

Architect Gary George Design

Client brief Classic, dateless with a resort feel.

From the architect “The views are quite special. We oriented the house to take best advantage of the views and bring the paddocks and pastures into focus,” says Gary George. “Remote-controlled gates lead you towards a beautiful court with pillars. The house is in three sections – a central living area; a main suite with a bedroom, second bedroom, large dressing room and en suite; the children’s, or guest, wing opens off the central living area.”

Private sale $5 million +

Agency Kay & Burton, 5989 1000

Agent Andrew Hines 0400 630 630

Highfield. Photo: Image Factory

Highfield. Photo: Image Factory

Two Rock House Melbourne

Two Rock House. Photo: Taras Wolf

Two Rock House. Photo: Taras Wolf

Architect Taras Wolf, Wolf Architects

Client brief Musician clients who wanted a low-maintenance home that could operate remotely. They wanted to ensure that if they were overseas, they could still have guests visit while they play host.

From the architect “This house was designed to reflect our client’s musical passion for playing the drums. Various details throughout the design were incorporated to reflect this. An eye-catching unit in the living room was designed to represent the cymbal. It is quite a lavish presentation.”

Tower House Alphington

Tower House facade. Photo: Peter Bennetts

Tower House facade. Photo: Peter Bennetts

Architect Andrew Maynard Architects

Client brief A home where community, art and nature come together for a family with eight-year-old twins.

From the architect

Though the brief was not small, the proposition was to create a series of small structures of a scale and texture that did not dominate its context.

Tower House appears to be a series of small structures, while internally the spaces and functions are large and connected. The project explored the idea of creating a vertical home, in contrast to the typical Australian home.

The net hanging over the boys’ studio is one example of how this is achieved.

Awards include:

● Houses magazine awards (Australia) 2015 – house alterations and additions winner; and

● Victorian Architecture Awards 2015 – the Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award and the John & Phyllis Murphy Award.

Tower House. Photo: Peter Bennetts

Tower House. Photo: Peter Bennetts

Sawmill House Yackandandah

Sawmill House. Photo: Ben Hosking

Sawmill House. Photo: Ben Hosking

Architect Chris Gilbert, Archier

Client brief To design a house for architect Chris Gilbert’s brother, Ben, a sculptor, on the industrial site of an old sawmill that engages with its context.

From the architect “This house is a conversation between two brothers who grew up in the region. It is extremely simple but has a depth of character throughout, the experimentation of materiality. Fourteen metres of the roof slide away, creating an adaptive building envelope.”

Awards include:

● Victorian Architecture Awards 2015 – residential architecture – new houses winner; and

● Houses magazine awards (Australia) 2015 – new house under 200 square metres winner.

Article co-written by Maria Harris and Emma Houghton

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