The Omeo House was conceived of as the ‘ornamental’ bookend, to the stack of row-houses along Port Coogee’s new waterfront. Figuratively, the house takes the ‘O’ from the name Omeo (the ship-wrecked Victorian barque which is visible from the site) and then presents this on the site in partial construction. The resulting appearance is that of a boat, resting in a dry dock, waiting to be launched.
The suspended form makes virtue of the planning requirements for material difference between lower and upper levels which then creates a rationale for the building’s internal arrangement – visitors at the bottom, residence at the top, in the manner of the Villa Savoye.
Architect: Bosske Architecture
Project description: Bosske Architecture
Photography: Peter Bennetts