Project: St. Beach Villas Andrews
Architect: Bagot Woods
Location: Saint Andrews Beach, Victoria, Australia
Area: 3,875 sf
Photo by: Trevor Mein
Villa Pantai Andrews by Woods Bagot
St Andrews Beach Villa is a stunning contemporary house designed by Bagot Woods the studio for their CEO Nik Karalis. Located in a beautiful spot on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia with access to a never-ending view of the horizon above the ocean. The house has only one level but the whole building is elevated as the best way to take advantage of heavy terrain.
Retrospective and contemporary, St Andrews Beach Villa shows the potential of long-lasting architecture and its ability to respond to the diversity of climate and natural sand dune. After 20 years of major additions and additions, various manipulations and with the weather-imposed patina, St Andrews Beach Villa has settled in a natural landscape and adapted to become one with the overall context. Both framing and becoming part of a bumpy, bumpy landscape, the villa improvises and adapts its personality by performing various shady sequences in response to rapidly changing weather patterns. The main idea is one of connection and response to its context as a dialogue and exchange between nature and buildings.
St Andrews Beach Villa makes an interesting case for slow projects that develop over time and go beyond their original conceptual intentions. In phase one, the residence is divided into two main elements (living and sleeping) with a 3 meter branched entrance for cross-flow ventilation and to present visitors at one time the extent of the location to visitors upon arrival. The entrance hall leads to a large 24 meter deck with steps down across the entire length of the deck. Heroic scale, it landed right at home on soft sand. The main metal and glass facade facing the southwest allows an extraordinary natural experience to be felt from every point in the interior by absorbing a landscape of sand dune in its thirty meter wide uniqueness.
The remaining villa armature wore a jarrah rain screen with a rotating and hinged screen which allowed the northern lights to filter out the interior. The second phase retreated to the north which was protected by wind with the addition of an extended deck that covered the main entrance slot, containing a lap pool, cabana, and distant greenhouse. The progressive design culminates with a lower floor occupation where a third microclimate is created in a largely submerged space. Quiet and completely sheltered, this place is a perfect resting place, with four additional bedrooms, an interconnected gallery and an internal greenhouse that occupies the bottom of the stairs. Inside the glass enclosure, jarrah steps support the surrounding sand and soft limestone found during the excavation. Jarrah train sleepers are used as open retention, soffit stairs and ceiling layers – a foil to a metal-clad bedroom each with an aspect of the courtyard under the north.
Ironically, the ongoing setback inspired the choice of interior materials and details in the final phase. Many layers of pre-corroded wall surfaces and complicated carpenter workshop components. Sparse and weathered wood is reused internally. Every detail is continually borrowed and reinterpreted – from the slanted edge of the untreated internal wooden layer to the overly folded 45-degree steel staircase, which in turn, becomes a collapsible library table and firewood store. The alignment of the eroded and resilient earthly material surfaces celebrates the temporary nature of decay. These three phases make this project balanced, allowing those who live there to experience the ferocious southern weather, the pleasant northern daylight and a protected underground bunker.