Nicola Trotman | 5 December 2012

Semi-brutalist right at home in Ocean View on this week's Grand Designs

Semi-brutalist right at home in Ocean View on this week's Grand Designs

The series finale of Grand Designs Australia features a "semi-brutalist" contemporary home in Queensland’s Ocean View.

The concrete home is designed to last and was driven by couple Brunella and Carlo’s passion for concrete.

Almost 50 metres of a six-metre-high concrete wall will form the spine of the house.

A concrete gallery style wall will extend the full length inside and polystyrene blocks filled with more concrete will shape the ground floor.

A series of consecutive bedrooms, a kitchen and a main living space will run off one long corridor.

Upon entry to the home, a staircase leads to either the upstairs or bottom level, with the master bedroom and study upstairs.

Upstairs also plays host to an outdoor terrace with an outdoor fireplace.

The outside façade is rendered in concrete gray and is solid and bold.

“In no way does this building look warm and inviting,” says Grand Designs host Peter Maddison.

“A site with no water, no sewerage, termites, bushfires, high winds and soil instability… brutalist seems to be the right way to go,” says Maddison.

Ocean View is a rural suburb of Queensland, located north of Dayboro.

It has a population of 3,720 residents, and separate houses account for 98.5% of dwelling types.

Current market listings range from $459,000 for a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home to $1,185,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.

Last week’s episode featured a house in the Barossa Valley that was virtually all glass in the hope of capturing the Barossa Valley views.

The Ocean View House episode will air on the Lifestyle channel on December 6 at 8.30pm.

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