The clients’ brief was clear and simple: a semi-permanent residence - something more than a weekender - for a couple, their dog and sporadic visitors. The site, located in Somers and virtually on the beach, offers panoramic views across Western Port Bay. Somers is a small beachside town established in the 1920s, stretching from the Coolart Wetlands to the Cerberus Naval Base on the Mornington Peninsula. Although just one hour’s drive from Melbourne, the area is still a relatively low key holiday place, characterised by elevated modernist fibro houses, unfenced gardens and native bushland vegetation

Early concepts exploring the possibility of a single storey building were soon abandoned in favour of an elevated two-storey scheme to achieve a modest footprint and minimise the disruption to vegetation and topography. The majority of the site remains untouched, maintaining a continuous and informal landscape stretching from the street to the creek’s embankment. The entry approach is subtle and indirect. The house is placed on the highest point of the site, making the most of the spectacular outlook

The building form is an arrangement of stacked boxes that extend to create protected balconies and decks. Fully glazed ends are oriented towards the ever-changing sea views (to the South) or filtered sun through treetops (to the North). Custom-made windows with substantial hardwood frames are used throughout the house. Their configuration varies according to the room’s function. External materials and colours have been selected both to blend in with the natural vegetation and for pragmatic reasons (low maintenance, sustainability, bush-fire protection…)

The program has been organised in three zones, a flexible and open living space on the upper floor, the main bedroom and guests’ bedrooms on the lower floor. A central core of circulation and services links yet separates the different zones

Internally, materials and finishes are kept to a simple two-tone colour scheme. White walls and minimal joinery contrast with dark stained and waxed timber elements (hardwood floor, window frames, fireplace unit…). Frameless pivot doors and flush skirtings are used throughout to heighten the sense of space and openness

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Beach House Building Type. Photo  of Residence J&C
Modern home with Exterior, Beach House Building Type, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 2 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Shrubs, Garden, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 3 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material. Photo 4 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Trees, and Shrubs. Photo 5 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Shrubs, Side Yard, and Raised Planters. Photo 6 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Outdoor, Raised Planters, Trees, Side Yard, Shrubs, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 7 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Outdoor, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Shrubs, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 8 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, Accent Lighting, and Dark Hardwood Floor. Photo 9 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Windows, Wood, and Sliding Window Type. Photo 10 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Chair, Accent Lighting, and Dark Hardwood Floor. Photo 11 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Dark Hardwood Floor. Photo 12 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Dark Hardwood Floor. Photo 13 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Dark Hardwood Floor and Accent Lighting. Photo 14 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Windows and Wood. Photo 15 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Exterior, Beach House Building Type, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 16 of Residence J&C
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Beach House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material. Photo 17 of Residence J&C
Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016