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Phillip Island House

John Gollings
John Gollings

This is the Phillip Island House by DCM. I like to post buildings that influence our work and I usually stick to international players but this one is pretty special. DCM have been one of the most important architecture firms in Australia and also internationally with some of their more recent gems including the new Australian Pavilion in Venice and the Stonehenge Visitors Centre in the UK.

Closer to home is the Phillip Island House, designed as a monastic holiday retreat it is a simple structure that packs a big punch with a sunken bunker like courtyard. The location is awe inspiring, on approach the building is mostly invisible with some very ordered planning. Minimalism to an extreme, the house looks like a dream space for quite contemplation.

If you want to see more on this, buy the Houses book by DCM. Also in 2016 the ABC released a brilliant documenaty titled The Diplomat, the Artist & the Suit, well worth a search and view.