Karingal Drive

RB Kahle Wye River


A rebuild from the ashes

Karingal Drive was a project we first built back in 2005 and was burnt down in the fires that burnt through Wye River in 2015/2016.

The original owner still owned the property and approached us to have it rebuilt it in 2018.

We managed to save the concrete footings and reused them, so the front print of the building didn’t change much, just the interior. A small bedroom with en-suite was added on to the side. The beach now can be seen from the back deck, as previously the trees and foliage blocked this view. The cladding now had to meet Bal ratings, so the house is now cladded in interlocking tin cladding and the deck is a Bal 40 rated composite decking.

Shack in the Rocks

RB Kahle Shack in the Rocks


Out in country Victoria Designed by Sean Godsell Architects.

A simple farm shed to provide rudimentary accommodation in a stunning serene and rural location.

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In our discussions we noted the primary requirement in rural and outback Australia for shelter – a roof parasol that provides some shade and protection from the rain as well as a place to enjoy outdoor activities – cooking, eating and engaging with and framing the spectacular landscape that exists on this particular site.

In the end we adapted a hayshed structure and modified it by including a translucent roofing material for light and adapting some industrial walkway grating to make a louvre for shade. Two translucent ‘sheds’ are positioned to the east end of a monolithic concrete plinth – one shed for cooking and eating and the other for sleeping and ablutions.

Ocean Boulevard


Perched on the cliff top of Jan Juc, this Zen Architect designed home is exposed to all the elements that mother nature has to offer.

The Ocean Boulevard House evokes the fond memory of the elevated timber beach house it replaced.

Architect | Zen Architects

By referencing the old beach house’s simple, elegant form and practical, efficient spaces, we designed something entirely new yet surprisingly familiar. Integral to the brief was the contrasting needs of the desire to capture ocean views, while providing privacy and protection from cold southerly winds. The existing footprint was re-used but the form was re-designed to respond to these needs while also harnessing solar gain for passive heating in winter and cross ventilation for passive cooling in summer.

St Georges Way – The Sands


The perfect house for entertainment

The perfect entertainer this house was designed for a large family or for people who like to entertain.

As with most of our houses this house has a northerly aspect which also overlooks the fourth hole fairway on The Sands Torquay golf courses and beyond to a rural outlook. This house is like the Links Drive house, it has been constructed with the environment in mind. With living spaces on both levels, insulation was very important not only to retain the warmth but to control the sound between floors.

The house also has two rain water tanks to salvage some of the rain from the roof.

Jan Juc House


Grand in design and eco-friendly marriage made in heaven.

Nestled on a ridge in Jan Juc this home was designed to not only take in the wonderful views but the northerly aspect makes the most of the winter sun.

The owners have found this house to be very comfortable year round, with doubleglazed windows to retain the warmth in winter and the southerly windows and doors to let the cooling summer breeze flow through the house during the summer months, the owners were vary aware of the energy used in such a house but with the siting being so successful having solar hotwater and low energy hydronic floor and panel heating they have been able to keep there energy use very reasonable. The use of full height windows to capture the sensational views to the ocean and the hilite windows adds to the openness and light to the main living areas and to reduce the energy use.

Links Drive


A beach house that is both contemporary and environmentally conscious.

An amazing mix of design and materials, to achieve a self sufficient home.

The beach house is deliberately facing North to getas much sun as possible.  Constructed from sustainable materials, with the use of water tanks and solar hot water, makes this a very energy efficient house.

Rudd House


Designed by Zen Architects this eco-friendly home is at one with nature.

Entirely energy self sufficient featuring rendered straw-bale walls, polished concrete and recycled timber throughout.

This unique property was both challenging and rewarding to build.

Architect | Zen Architects

Positioning of the house was a major consideration for the client as they were determined to have as little impact on the environment as possible. The site was chosen for several reasons, this area was opened up by a large tree that had fallen which meant there was minimum clearing to do. The building has a very small footprint and sits in its environment rather than on or over it, the north pavilion is set to take advantage of the solar aspect, the breezway that divides the pavilions is aligned to take the view along the gully.

The radial sawn silvertop ash was used extensively throughout the house as this is considered to be more sustainable. We used recycled material where we could, the structural columns were recycled posts from the demolished Yarra Street pier. Bolts and pins from these posts were used to make door furniture. There were many of unique features to this house which made it both challenging and rewarding to build.

Bob Pettitt Reserve

RB Kahle Bob Pettitt Reserve

Bob Pettitt Reserve

Jan Juc outdoor performance space complementing its surroundings

A structure within a natural amphitheatre, designed to complement its surroundings and allow the community to hold small, local performances.

Quote from Surf Coast Shire Mayor Rose Hodge

The project was fully funded by the Australian Government and is being delivered in partnership with the Jan Juc community and the Surf Coast Shire Council.

“Our much-loved Bob Pettitt Reserve is a big part of community life. It’s a special place that brings people from all walks of life together. The new outdoor performance space is designed to allow our community to make more use of the reserve, while maintaining everything locals love about it, especially its natural beauty.”