St Andrews Beach on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has changed a lot since 1999, as evidenced in the home of Nik Karalis, CEO of global architecture practice Woods Bagot.
‘Many of the surrounding homes on the Peninsula in 1999 were simple beach shacks,’ explains the architect. ‘At that time, the enveloping sand dunes had not been fully stabilised, and there was only minimal vegetation.’
Back then, Nik’s home consisted of only two simple timber containers – the west for living and the east for sleeping – connected by a ramp link.
Initial renovations focused on opening up the home to the outdoors. ‘The main beach-facing facade was as transparent as we could make it to allow a sense of connection to the landscape, which was accessed by an enormous set of steps down leading to the beach path,’ Nik says.
The house has evolved across two additional stages since, including