The Curlewis house is organised around two courtyards, and sits within a large scale rural, coastal landscape. The site is the north facing edge of the Bellarine Peninsula and from the site you can look over the bay towards the You-Yangs, Melbourne CBD and the Geelong industrial waterfront to the west.
The house responds to the scale of this landscape and specific site soil conditions. It is embedded both visually and physically within the larger project of regeneration and revegetation of the property.
The building spaces and circulation link around and into the two courtyard spaces. These are both ‘loose’ courtyards that are connected to the surrounding landscape but act to mediate the scale of it. Like many rural buildings the territory of the house feels at some points to be extensive and at others intimate. A series of thin internal and external spaces; some contained, some covered and some open, are discovered as you arrive and walk through the house. Internal spaces are connected to adjacent landscapes with views both north towards the water and south over the dam and garden.