Displaying an unconventional shape inspired by the Australian coastline, the Rest House in Victoria, Australia was developed by Tim Spicer Architects in collaboration with Col Bandy Architects. Both the architects and the owners-an active retiring couple-share a love for sailing and this imposing residence reflects their passion. You may have noticed the project’s butterfly roof, which resembles a boat’s hull. The unusual inclined walls also come with a functional purpose: that of protecting the garden from southerly winds.

All interiors exude a feeling of space and neatness and the layout was imagined as follows: “The first floor contains a large kitchen, dining and living area and, at its easterly end, spills onto an entertaining terrace and garden at the rear of the block. At the west end of the house, the living room opens up onto a large cantilevered deck, enclosed by stainless-steel mesh, which provides a protected vantage point overlooking the valley below“. The bottom level contains two guest bedrooms, wet areas and a lock-up garage. Concrete, glass, corten and galvanized steel were the main materials employed, adapting the design to its harsh coastal location.