Lahinch House / Lachlan Shepherd Architects

Lahinch house / lachlan shepherd architects
© Ben Hosking

In the first briefing meeting with the clients Angie, Vic and their Dalmatian Pirate, Angie’s main brief requirement was that she wanted people to walk in and say/think “holy f***”…

Lahinch house / lachlan shepherd architects
© Ben Hosking

It was conceived as a place for entertaining, whereby the owners regularly have guests stay including family and friends from within Australia and abroad. Thus, the house had to function firstly as a home to its two full-time occupants (and their Dalmatian) and secondly as a luxury hotel; each guest bedroom is provided with its own ensuite and robe areas, so essentially their guests can “check-in” to their own space before moving into the main living zones of the house.

Lahinch house / lachlan shepherd architects
© Ben Hosking
Lahinch house / lachlan shepherd architects
© Ben Hosking

The planning responds to the site surrounds by turning its back on the one adjacent neighbour and opening up to the beautiful golf course views to the south and east. Large expanses of glazing work to draw the rolling golf greens and sound dunes beyond into the home, blurring the distinction between outside and inside.

Lahinch house / lachlan shepherd architects
© Ben Hosking

The main kitchen and living zones are also tied to an integrated plunge pool, which is heated year-round, providing a practical, usable pool and doubling as a water feature which is viewed from all living zones. There are no walls diving the lounge, kitchen, dining, and sitting zones but they are separated visually and spatially by the sunken lounge area.

Lahinch house / lachlan shepherd architects
© Ben Hosking

The building, whilst highly detailed and technical in its design/construction, also represents an honest, low-maintenance and warm home.

Project Details:

Location: Torquay, Victoria, Australia
Architects: Lachlan Shepherd Architects
Photographs: Ben Hosking

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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