This residence on the beachside of Torquay, Victoria, was built to withstand the fickle and often tough coastal weather. Wolveridge Architects divided the living space into three main connecting blocks, clad in timber and concrete to protect the occupants from powerful winds. The thinly cut timber act as natural air ventilators and light filters, contrasting nicely against the heavy concrete. Wood is also an important element in the interior, whose stairs, pillars and window frames add a warmly organic feeling to the modern space. One side of the house faces the beautiful ocean, while the other faces landward, opening to an expansive private pool. Browse the gallery.