torquay beach house timber

A celebration of raw concrete and exposed brick, this home in Torquay, Victoria, challenges the idea of what a coastal home should be.


The clients, a retiring couple, requested a house that would be low maintenance, with the use of zoned living spaces and exposed concrete. They were also looking for a design that would make the most of the site’s 180-degree uninterrupted vies across nearby wetlands and sand dunes.

Design response

torquay beach house outdoor

The contemporary design features raw concrete and exposed brick, which is layered with charred timber battens.

According to the architects, the design is a subtle reference to Palm Springs mid-century modernism and contemporary pavilion structures, challenging the idea of a typical coastal home.

Another key design element is the home’s large floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which open out onto cantilevered concrete decks that take in nature views.

torquay beach house interior

Inside, the ground floor serves as the clients’ daily living space, while the first floor has been designed to accommodate family and friends.

The home’s orientation is crucial to the living experience. As the house is located on a north-east-facing site at the end of a cul-de-sac, there is complete privacy as well as maximised solar gain and protection from cold prevailing winds.   

torquay beach house exterior

High insulation and robust materials also mean the house performs well and will be able to stand the test of time.