Architecture

Totally tubular vacation home hits the beach

St Andrews Beach House, by Austin Maynard Architects, captures rainwater and stores it for  irrigation and flushing the toilets
St Andrews Beach House, by Austin Maynard Architects, captures rainwater and stores it for  irrigation and flushing the toilets
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St Andrews Beach House opens up to the outside with bifold doors
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St Andrews Beach House opens up to the outside with bifold doors
St Andrews Beach House was completed in December, 2018
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St Andrews Beach House was completed in December, 2018
St Andrews Beach House is predominantly constructed from timber
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St Andrews Beach House is predominantly constructed from timber
St Andrews Beach House's interior looks very light-filled and open
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St Andrews Beach House's interior looks very light-filled and open
St Andrews Beach House has an open interior layout
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St Andrews Beach House has an open interior layout
St Andrews Beach House is located in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula
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St Andrews Beach House is located in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula
St Andrews Beach House was commissioned by someone with a nice piece of land near the shore in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula
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St Andrews Beach House was commissioned by someone with a nice piece of land near the shore in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula
St Andrews Beach House has a spiral staircase at its center
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St Andrews Beach House has a spiral staircase at its center
St Andrews Beach House opens up to the outside with bifold doors
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St Andrews Beach House opens up to the outside with bifold doors
St Andrews Beach House has a build radius of under 5 m (16 ft)
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St Andrews Beach House has a build radius of under 5 m (16 ft)
St Andrews Beach House measures measures 139 sq m (1,496 sq ft), spread over two floors
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St Andrews Beach House measures measures 139 sq m (1,496 sq ft), spread over two floors
St Andrews Beach House's ground floor includes a kitchen, living and dining space, as well as a bathroom and a laundry area
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St Andrews Beach House's ground floor includes a kitchen, living and dining space, as well as a bathroom and a laundry area
St Andrews Beach House's living area
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St Andrews Beach House's living area
St Andrews Beach House's upstairs consists of bedrooms that are divided by curtains
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St Andrews Beach House's upstairs consists of bedrooms that are divided by curtains
St Andrews Beach House's upstairs can also be used as a games room when the extra space isn't needed for guests
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St Andrews Beach House's upstairs can also be used as a games room when the extra space isn't needed for guests
St Andrews Beach House has a spiral staircase in its center
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St Andrews Beach House has a spiral staircase in its center
St Andrews Beach House's upstairs consists of bedrooms that are divided by curtains
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St Andrews Beach House's upstairs consists of bedrooms that are divided by curtains
St Andrews Beach House's upstairs can also be used as a games room when the extra space isn't needed for guests
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St Andrews Beach House's upstairs can also be used as a games room when the extra space isn't needed for guests
St Andrews Beach House has two bathrooms
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St Andrews Beach House has two bathrooms
St Andrews Beach House is predominantly built from timber 
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St Andrews Beach House is predominantly built from timber 
St Andrews Beach House, by Austin Maynard Architects, captures rainwater and stores it for  irrigation and flushing the toilets
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St Andrews Beach House, by Austin Maynard Architects, captures rainwater and stores it for  irrigation and flushing the toilets
St Andrews Beach House has a build radius of under 5 m (16 ft)
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St Andrews Beach House has a build radius of under 5 m (16 ft)

St Andrews Beach House is nestled among the bush and dunes on a rugged stretch of shore in Australia's Mornington Peninsula. The circular vacation home is finished to a high standard and boasts a degree of sustainable design, including rainwater collection.

St Andrews Beach House (not to be confused with the award-winning home of the same name in the same area) was designed by Austin Maynard Architects. The firm was commissioned by a client with a nice piece of land near the shore who wanted something simple and shack-like.

"Australians have some of the biggest houses in the world and holiday houses are increasingly becoming carbon copies of the suburban home," says Austin Maynard Architects. "The owner of St Andrews Beach House recognized this. He challenged us to design him a 'bach' – a New Zealand word used to describe a very modest, small and basic shack, or shed."

St Andrews Beach House opens up to the outside with bifold doors
St Andrews Beach House opens up to the outside with bifold doors

The beach house has a radius of under 5 m (16 ft) and is predominantly built from timber, which looks really nice both inside and out, and measures 139 sq m (1,496 sq ft), spread over two floors. Large bifold doors open up the interior to a sheltered porch area.

With its circular form, it makes sense that an open interior layout was adopted and the ground floor consists of a kitchen, living and dining space, as well as a bathroom and a laundry area. A spiral staircase is placed in the center and leads upstairs to another bathroom and the bedroom area.

This is essentially one large space that's divided by curtains and can double up as a second living or games room if there are no guests over. If space does run out, guests are invited to simply pitch a tent outside.

St Andrews Beach House's upstairs can also be used as a games room when the extra space isn't needed for guests
St Andrews Beach House's upstairs can also be used as a games room when the extra space isn't needed for guests

Solar panels are installed on the roof and a large cylindrical concrete water tank collects rainwater, which is used to flush the toilets and water the garden. The site was carefully landscaped to ensure existing the greenery would minimize sand blasting caused by wind, though won't prevent its natural aging.

Source: Austin Maynard Architects

3 comments
guzmanchinky
Wow that's beautiful.
ADVENTUREMUFFINffin
Beautiful, but seems to be over engineered. Huge amount of timber is used in framing. A designer of round homes myself (www.earthharmonyhabitats.org), I wonder if a load assessment was done to require this or if it was just aesthetics that called for such timber thickness?
paul314
1500 square feet is a shack. Make you think of those "cottages" at Newport.