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Ingoldsby house, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia 
Wednesday 04 Jun 2008
 
2008 RAIA VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 
 
David Seeley 
 
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SHORT LISTED ENTRY 

Quietly impressive and looking as if it belongs in the coastal vegetation, the Ingoldsby House is a sensitive response to a coastal site requiring special consideration. The idea for the house sprung from the simple piers and wharfs that dot this coastal region of Victoria. The result is a building that utilises a robust post and beam structure that explores the contradiction between mass and void, substantial and fragile. The context of the house ranges from the humble cement sheet shack to ultra modern architect designed palaces with everything in between. Rather than attempting to respond to this mixed context, the design of the house was informed by its site conditions and environment; wind, rain, sun, vegetation, view opportunities and abstractly to ‘wharf structures’. The program of this house is simple; an extroverted form containing the living rooms and an introverted form containing the sleeping and bathing rooms, sitting over a partial basement for vehicles, storage etc. The house contributes to the architectural culture of the Victorian coast, in particular that of a relaxed coastal experience. The design describes the typically romantic Australian notion of coastal living: of robust structures, weathered materials and breezy connections to the outdoors.

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