The Blake Street Residence was intended to investigate a typology of coastal architecture which responded primarily to the ruggedness of its Australian landscape setting.
This dictated elevating the house above the ground plane through the construction of a massive stone podium. The choice of Maffra stone and its rudimentary construction relates to similar stonework seen in many of the historic buildings in the surrounding area.
The timber construction of the upper level of the house befits the coastal context of the house and provides a deliberate contrast to the solidity and heaviness of the stonework. The exposure of the site necessitated treating the timber cladding to prolong its lifespan. From this a strong graphic composition of charcoal and white was developed which further enlivens the house.