Finding Focus at the seaside

Near the picturesque seaside town of Lorne, one holiday home stands out amongst all the others. Reimagined by Whiting Architects the four bedroom home sits immersed in its landscape, with rainforests on one side and captivating views of the bay on the other.

A far cry from its original fibro shack form, Whiting Architects have completely transformed the space into a contemporary home that boasts 180-degree views across the Great Ocean Road. Not a bad spot for whale watching, so we’re told.

Not only receiving a modern upgrade in terms of design but also technology, the home is now kept warm by passive solar energy. An entire wall of double glazed windows also offers protection from the winter elements, able to be opened up in summer to cool the building down quickly and encouraging cross ventilation.close up of a focus fireplace

Offering a sense of ambience and heat in this exquisite home, the Gyrofocus suspended fireplace sits as a distinct sculptural element. Lending an intimacy and warmth to the space, Gyrofocus acts as the perfect counterpoint to expansive views out over the ocean. Combined with extensive use of timber throughout that reflects its heavily wooded surrounds, this stunning Lorne locale offers the perfect seaside home away from home.

Photography by Sharyn Cairns


A true groundbreaker from its inception in 1968, Gyrofocus marks a revolution in fire. The world’s first suspended fireplace, it makes a huge impact in your home or workspace and has been the recipient of numerous design awards during its lifetime.

From $21,000.00

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