The nominated project – a 32 square double-storey home built in an exclusive cul-de-sac in coastal Mt Martha – was sensitively designed to maximise the property’s 180° bay views. With many Melburnians calling the northern peninsula home, the design brief was a flexible layout to accommodate either a part-time residence, with separate guest quarters, or a professional family with dedicated home office. What holds these zoned parts together is the flexible living areas on ground and first floor which are built around the staggering bay views.
Building a home for its view of the bay meant due consideration into heating, cooling, weather protection and landscaping. Innovative use of cedar and pressed-metal cladding allowed the house to speak to a modern aesthetic, while being deceptively low maintenance. Linear timber pergolas strike a stunning image against the upstairs observation deck, providing shade in summer and a wind break in the cooler months.
It would be tempting in such a location to give all your attention to the view, and forget about the garden surrounding the home. Instead, low growing, drought-tolerant native plantings, carefully selected by local Smart Landscapes manage to maintain the uninterrupted view lines to the west and the heads, while still providing a varied, attractive landscape around the home and stone paved entertaining areas.
We hope the judges at MBAV judges regard the finished home as highly as we do.
Thanks to Smart Landscapes for permission to use the last image.