In 2016, the design studio Austin Maynard Architects was commissioned to add an extension to a beach house in Lorne, Australia. The owners wanted to add a space that allowed them a view of the ocean without demolishing the original house. The extension required a design that would both resist seaside weather conditions and blend into the surrounding landscape.
The architects had the ingenious idea of creating an elevated extension in timber. Perched above the existing dwelling, this wooden space gives its owners the sweeping view of the ocean they dreamed of. The studio chose a suspended, pivoting Bathyscafocus for the living area, allowing the family to enjoy the warmth of a fire while taking in the view. The design received the 2017 Victorian Architecture Award for residential architecture.