THE POLE HOUSE
Floating 40 metres above Fairhaven Beach along the Great Ocean Road in Australia, the Pole House was recently renovated by F2 Architecture. As the central feature of the newly refurbished living area with its 180° views of the ocean, the architects chose a suspended, pivoting Ergofocus fireplace.
First built by Frank Dixon in 1978, the original residence, constructed from wood, had begun to deteriorate from the effects of the sea air. In 2013, the new owners decided to renovate it while retaining the vision of its architect. One of the main changes made by F2 was to install retractable floor-to-ceiling windows that open to offer unparalleled views of the beach and coast. The house, accessible solely by a long bridge, is perched on a concrete platform supported by a 13-metre column rising from a steep slope that descends to the Southern Ocean. Today, the Pole House is rented out to vacationers looking for an unforgettable seaside stay.