Architecture firm Woods Bagot has completed the final phase of a weather-beaten seafront home in Australia that has been in the works for 20 years. Designed in 1999 as a home for Woods Bagot CEO Nik Karalis, St Andrews Beach Villa began as a simple cottage on the Mornington Peninsula. Over the years it has gradually evolved into a five bedroom villa that features a pool, cabana, greenhouse and full width patio.
Over time, St Andrews Beach Villa has been adapted and modified to suit the challenging location. The peninsula is subject to strong winds, ever-changing sand dunes, and a high concentration of salt in the atmosphere, which accelerates the corrosion of materials.
St. Andrews Beach Villa is a simple steel box built on pillars offering a panoramic living space facing south-west towards the sea. A 25 meter wide stepped deck is intersected by a passageway that leads underground and is slotted at the bottom to create a more intimate, sheltered space. The entrance to the villa is on the sheltered rear facade where a steel ramp leads to a reception area, pool and cabana. The back and sides of the villa are covered with a rain cover made from Jarrah wood panels which allows the Northern Lights to penetrate.
Internal finishes have been created using a mix of newer elements and old, worn materials from previous iterations of St Andrews Beach Villa. The bedrooms are located along this sheltered north side of the plan, while the glazed front offers far more visibility.