The Designs a Timber Retreat Nestled designed by Sally Draper Architects is located in Melbourne, Australia. The Westernport House is located on a treed cliff top site overlooking Westernport Bay. It celebrates the idea of retreat, relaxation and ‘a simpler life’ for a busy Melbourne family, their relatives and friends. The house is developed as an abstract sculpture of layered rectangular forms and planes. On the street side, they overlap to provide a protective, secretive outer skin to the house.
The dichotomy between the controlled street elevation and the more sculpted northern aspect of the house reflects the client’s dual aspirations: a desire for privacy and seclusion and a welcoming, inclusive and generous environment expressive of their Italian cultural background. An outdoor kitchen, pizza oven and covered deck allow for wine bottling and the annual cooking of tomato sauce from the crops grown in the garden. Whilst functioning well for large groups of family and friends the house is also comfortable for just a couple, its zoning and configuration allowing it to be both large and intimate at different times.