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Bluff House by Auhaus Architecture

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Location: Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Year: 2013


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Architects: Auhaus Architecture

Builder: Ashley Crowe Builders

Photography: Trevor Mein & Auhaus Architecture

Bluff House is a three level house designed for a steeply sloping site backing onto the Barwon Heads golf course. The house is designed as a series of stepped interior and exterior spaces meandering upward from the street towards seclusion and views at the rear of the block.

A pair of gnarled and twisted Moonah trees at the rear of the site are a gift the project – their generous canopy enveloping the living zones and their sculptural trunks creating a focal point at the end of the entry axis.

The house and landscape are fully integrated, providing a series of fluid living zones and a continuous dialogue between the internal spaces and surrounding environment. The tapered, curved studio space, landscape entry stair and roof planters evoke the local bluff landscape, drawing you up and into the heart of the house.

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All images courtesy of Auhaus Architecture


Auhaus is an architecture and design studio operating out of Melbourne and Barwon Heads, Australia. The studio was founded by Architects Benjamin Stibbard and Kate Fitzpatrick, both of whom worked in larger residential firms before establishing Auhaus in 2011. With a different set of priorities in mind that went beyond the bottom line, Auhaus have made a name for themselves creating bespoke homes along Victoria’s surf coast and in Melbourne’s leafy suburbs. Avoiding the shopping list approach, each design is inspired by site context, landscape and importantly, the way in which their clients live. Kate and Ben are drawn to the complexities and intricacies inherent in every project and revel in the initial broad brush pen strokes down to the in-house fabrication of  joinery hardware and lighting, ensuring that every project is rigorous, engaging and highly tailored to the end user.

Kate and Ben are both Registered Architects with the ARBV, and Auhaus Architecture is an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects.




96 Chestnut St Richmond 3121

Phone 03 9410 4733 or 03 9429 4126

Ben 0411 229 395

Kate 0423 604 184



51A Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads 3227

Ben 0411 229 395

Kate 0423 604 184


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