After a long search, our clients Peter & Michelle found an ideal site to realise their vision for a house that would preserve a life of privacy and connection to nature (something they had enjoyed for forty years on the family farm), without the unsustainable workload.
The brief for a timeless and tranquil home filled with natural light, warmth and texture also prioritised accessibility and low maintenance to allow ageing in place on the Mornington Peninsula.
Built as an ode to its seaside location, this home is as robust as it is tranquil and timeless.
Elizabeth Wilson, House and Garden
The 1920 sqm vacant block sat between modest, predominately timber 70’s houses and a new vacant subdivision. Given this unknown future context, the design sought to create a perimeter along the exposed site edges surrounding a captivating internal focus and generous unstructured landscape buffer.
A 5m cross fall to the corner site required a unique solution to harness the opportunities and drove the response of a single storey L shaped descending plan, following the slope of the natural ground. Internal level changes are navigated entirely through ramped gallery spaces that flow down the site, maintaining level connections to the landscape. The focus is on journey, not destination.
Balancing the natural with an architectural crispness, Coastal Court is founded on a sense of calm, and through insertion of modern and considered elements, Bower Architecture have crafted a home to endure.
Bronwyn Marshall, The Local Project
Ramped circulation also allows zoning into 3 main parts, with entry/ guest bedrooms to the north and main bedroom and study to the opposite end, joined by a central connection zone consisting of living, dining space and terrace. The linear plan acts as a protective edge to the two exposed street frontages, informally defining a large private internally focused courtyard. This removes the need for fencing, allowing the restored gully, native landscape and building to contribute to streetscape and be enjoyed by the public.
Coastal Court is a building utterly of it’s place which celebrates imperfection, impermanence, intimacy, and appreciation of the integrity of natural objects and processes. It makes a positive contribution to the life of it’s aging inhabitants in what they plan to be their last house.
While the setting allows for an idyllic tranquil setting, Bower Architecture have endowed to respond with a matched lightness and propose a single-story home that delicately engages with the natural.
Bronwyn Marshall, The Local Project
I love the way it sits on the land, the way it falls down the slope. It’s a joy to walk through the house: there is a view of the garden from every window.
Michelle, Client, Coastal Court
The home achieves a seven star energy rating and the design performs well passively in terms of light, temperature control and natural ventilation. Significant thermal mass elements (ideal for Victoria Australia) include reverse veneer rendered masonry and insulated concrete slab, and these combine with easy ventilation via effective window openings result in a low energy house. The home is also clearly zoned to create a much smaller footprint when client’s kids or guests are not in residence. The unique ramping design and consideration of mobility and ergonomics for aging in place allow the house to be a long term home, achieving sustainability in it longevity. Chickens, a large composting area and generous further reduce the environmental footprint.
Boon Wurrung People First People of the Bays (Port Phillip and Westernport) and South East Victoria
Bower Architecture & Interiors
Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design
House Awards – New House Over 200m2 – Shortlisted