Wye River House | MGAO
Wye River, VIC, Australia

James Lyall Smith

Project Type
  • Residential
  • Wye River, VIC, Australia
  • 195m2
Project Year
  • 2017
  • Paul Hermes
Project Team
  • Matt Goodman
  • Tony Maly
Structural Engineer
  • Wye River, VIC, Australia

The Wye River House by MGAO is a project that replaces one of 116 homes that were lost to a devastating bushfire that swept through the Wye River region on Christmas day 2015.

The site is located on a steeply sloping block, obliquely facing Bass Strait. Perched high on the hill side, the house sits where the tree canopy once stood, anxiously awaiting the regrowth of the surrounding bushland.

MGAO designed the building to take on a form that references the popular skillion roofed beach shacks of 1970’s Victoria. The rational footprints, expressed with simple construction methods and common materials produce a modest, humble quality to the village. This project aims to continue that legacy.

Upon approach, the building presents an impenetrable skin, yet once inside the building gradually opens itself up, revealing the stunning view toward the ocean and the village beyond, seen through a foreground of mature trees which the clients fought to save.

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