Coastal Court

Flinders, Victoria

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.   

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

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  

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 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. 

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

Project Info
Traditional People and Custodians

Boon Wurrung People First People of the Bays (Port Phillip and Westernport) and South East Victoria 

Architecture and Interior Design

Bower Architecture & Interiors

Builder

Andrew French

Photography
Shannon McGrath
Landscape

Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design

Styling

Jess Kneebone

Video

Alexandre Lourie, AL Film Australia

Awards
2021

House Awards – New House Over 200m2 – Shortlisted