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Fairhaven Beach House

This project involved the development of an exemplary designed home within a sensitive coastal environmental setting within Fairhaven within proximity of the Great Ocean Road. Hansen Partnership worked collaboratively with the project architect John Wardle Architects to prepare and manage a comprehensive planning application through the town planning process.

The key issues addressed in the application included native flora and fauna removal and rehabilitation, protection of ridgelines, appropriate siting of the built form and environmental sustainability which was managed through a holistic approach incorporating sound analysis and a clear understanding of the planning parameters for the site.

To assist with the sensitive sitting of the proposed development and the site’s prominent location close to the main ridgeline Hansen’s landscape team prepared detailed photomontages to assess the extent of visibility of the site.

In conjunction with the architect we presented the application at Council’s planning committee to achieve approval from the committee. This project was a great example of Hansen understanding the requirements of the client and using their expertise and experience to deliver a project that received Council support in a timely manner for a proposed development that was located in an area with considerable and complex planning controls and required appropriate response and assessment.

The completed house has been recognised and awarded a number of prestigious Australian and international architecture awards, including the 2013 AIA Victorian Award for Best Residential Architecture and The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses at the Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards 2013.

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