This beach house peers over the dunes. A thin strip of publicly owned foreshore separates the house from the beach.
“We could have elevated the house a few metres higher. But we wouldn’t have gained sea views. It would have simply made the house more prominent amongst the gnarled scrub” says architect Anthony Gionfriddo, who designed this two-storey house at Blairgowrie, a one-and-a-half hour’s drive from Melbourne.
Gionfriddo excavated the site, removing fice metres of soil. “It’s a relatively steep slope. I was keen to anchor the house into its coastal setting,” he says.