Wildcoast House in Melbourne was built to frame the stunning views of Port Phillip. FGR Architects did everything possible to ensure that the client could experience the surroundings in a luxurious way. This effort paid off and an architectural masterpiece was created.
FGR Architects is an architectural firm lead by Feras Raffoul. The Australian studio was founded in 2003 and is based in Melbourne. They create innovative, minimalist projects that fit the lifestyle of their clients. Wildcoast project is a dwelling on top of a hill in Portsea, Australia. It has stunning views and this is what the architects want to emphasize.
The house seems to float because it only rests on one side of the hill.
As an architect and interior designer it is important to create houses that make residents feel at home. In our contemporary urban jungle we don't see much nature anymore and yet this is an important part of our psyche. It is scientifically proven: nature relaxes, brings us closer to ourselves and others. Wildcoast House is one of the many projects to integrate the environment into a structure. But it is not just any regular one. The house is exactly thirty metres long with a six metre long overhang that functions as a carport that fits three cars. The house seems to float because it only rests on one side of the hill. It was important to integrate privacy in the design without losing the view. Feras Raffoul says: ‘The family will be able to look out and see the world but remain in privacy from onlookers.’ Inside, the house has a central communal space. It thanks its layout to a small pantry in the middle of the room. On the two sides of the rectangular house are the bedrooms and bathrooms. The home has a simple materiality with neutral colours such as dark wood, light grey marble and beige tones. With Wildcoast House, FGR Architects brings an emblem of luxury and architectural complexity that unmistakably involves nature. Photography: Peter Bennetts