Inside the redesigned holiday home that boasts spectacular views of the Great Ocean Road

A holiday home that is almost invisible from the street hides a stunning property that boasts rainforest on one side and 180 degree views of the Great Ocean Road on the other.

The property by Whiting Architects in Lorne, Victoria, is a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ house according to director Steven Whiting.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t an architectural feat. 

To design it, Whiting Architects got rid of an ‘unredeemable’ fibro shack that had been unchanged for decades, and turned the space into a slick and modern holiday home.

An unassuming holiday home that is almost invisible from the street hides a stunning property that boasts rainforest on one side and 180 degree views of the Great Ocean Road on the other (the property from the exterior pictured)

An unassuming holiday home that is almost invisible from the street hides a stunning property that boasts rainforest on one side and 180 degree views of the Great Ocean Road on the other (the property from the exterior pictured)

The property by Whiting Architects in Lorne, Victoria, is a 'blink and you'll miss it' house according to the director of Whiting, Steven Whiting (pictured from the front)

The property by Whiting Architects in Lorne, Victoria, is a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ house according to the director of Whiting, Steven Whiting (pictured from the front)

‘Our key drivers were light and how it is broken, as well as how to maintain the views while offering privacy,’ Steven told Domain

‘Process dictated the build, and architecture deferred to interiors as the design grew from the inside out.’

The timber and steel property boasts four bedrooms split across two levels.

The levels are able to be locked off from one another, meaning extended family members can use the separate levels of the house without intruding on each other. 

To design the home (pictured now), Whiting Architects got rid of the 'unredeemable fibro shack unchanged for decades', and turned the space into a slick and modern holiday home

To design the home (pictured now), Whiting Architects got rid of the ‘unredeemable fibro shack unchanged for decades’, and turned the space into a slick and modern holiday home

The unusual property is solar-powered and laser cut screens help to break up sun penetration, retain privacy and limit heat gain (pictured: the screens throughout the house)

Because of the screens' design, the light that filters through the house 'changes through the day and with the seasons' (pictured: the screens throughout the house)

The unusual property is solar-powered and laser cut screens help to break up sun penetration, retain privacy and limit heat gain (pictured: the screens throughout the house)

Timber has been used throughout the interiors as well as on the outside, in order to create a functional feel and look to the house (pictured: the living area)

Timber has been used throughout the interiors as well as on the outside, in order to create a functional feel and look to the house (pictured: the living area)

Timber has been used throughout the interiors as well as on the outside, in order to create a functional feel and look to the house.

‘Between May and September it’s not uncommon to stand in the living room and watch southern right whales make their way along the coast,’ Steven said. 

The unusual property is solar-powered and laser cut screens help to break up sun penetration, retain privacy and limit heat gain.

A suspended sculptural fireplace is one of the major features in the property (pictured)

A suspended sculptural fireplace is one of the major features in the property (pictured)

The timber and wooden property boasts four bedrooms split across two levels (pictured: one of the bathrooms)

The levels are able to be split off from one another if you want to separate various family members into sections (pictured: the living area)

The timber and wooden property boasts four bedrooms split across two levels. The levels are able to be split off from one another if you want to separate various family members into sections (pictured: one bathroom and the living area)

Many who have stayed at the property also praise the unparalleled views of the Great Ocean Road, which you can see from all rooms including the bedroom (pictured)

Many who have stayed at the property also praise the unparalleled views of the Great Ocean Road, which you can see from all rooms including the bedroom (pictured)

What sets the property apart from most is the clever use of light.

The laser-cut screens dominate the north-side of the house and the kitchen and living areas. 

Because of their design, the light that filters through the house ‘changes through the day and with the seasons’.  

Many who have stayed at the property also praise the unparalleled views of the Great Ocean Road, which you can see from all rooms including the bedroom.