Beach Slice House
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BEACH SLICE HOUSE

Steffen Welsch Architects

AREA
188 m²

YEAR
2021

MANUFACTURERS
Kingspan Insulated Panels, Britton Timbers, BUNURONG LAND COUNCIL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION, The Brick Recyclers

PHOTOGRAPHS
Tatjana Plitt

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Maurice Farrugia and Associates

ESD CONSULTANT
Blue Lotus

BUILDER
FrankBuilt

BUILDING SURVEYOR
Metro Building Surveying

CABINET MAKER
Woodcraft Mobiliar

LOCATION
Australia

CATEGORY
Houses, Sustainability

"Beach Slice" is a holiday home an hour's drive from Melbourne, and a five-minute walk to the shore of Western Port Bay.

Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt

Sitting on a bush block, it is humble and relaxed, designed to holiday. A place to hang your hat, it is also suitable as a place to retire.

A home away from home serves two main purposes: enjoying a place somewhere else, and escaping daily routines: nature instead of town, stars instead of lights, quiet instead of noise, casual instead of organised, social instead of insular (or vice versa), leisure instead of work.

Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt

Given that holiday homes sit on prime real estate, there is a temptation to move away from the traditional fibro shack towards an oversized 'substantial' building showcasing sophisticated details.

"Beach Slice" resists that temptation. Our building almost hides in its bush setting and appears effortless and simple - although it is far from that.

Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt

We intended 'Beach Slice' to be 'Architecture as Background', a phrase coined by the Viennese architect Hermann Czech.

It is a manifestation of ‘quiet architecture’: a building that may go unnoticed at first sight but reveals itself gradually and becomes appreciated over time.

Czech said, 'Architecture shall not impose on you. The user must not notice it, it should appear to have always been like this.'

Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt

A sense of luxury that may as well be an extension of the place one is trying to escape from.


Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt
Beach Slice House
© Tatjana Plitt


Beach Slice House
Plan 
Beach Slice House
Perspective section 


Beach Slice House
Elevation
Beach Slice House
Elevation 

Steffen Welsch Architects
T +61 417 137 242
Steffen Welsch Architects
7/23-25 Gipps Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066, Australia