Hover House

Mount Martha, Victoria

Hover House is Maurie and Raema’s home for long term enjoyment and retirement in beachside Mt. Martha. They came to us after being referred by a friend, to create something special on their newly purchased ‘battle axe’ block. 

The brief for a tranquil, sustainable and private home filled with natural light, warmth and texture was achieved through the creation of a unique central courtyard. Through the extrusion of a simple and considered gable shape around this central space, natural light and privacy are maximised.  The resulting form efficiently collects rainwater, incorporates sustainable passive systems and emphasises views to distant gum tree canopies. 

Memorable houses don’t have to cost the earth. Our aim was for a simple gesture that can stand strong over time.

Chema Bould, Co-Director, Bower Architecture

Functionality is key for homes designed with long term aging in place and retirement in mind. Circulation is level and allows for continuous movement with no dead ends that could be difficult to navigate if mobility ever becomes an issue. Appliances are ergonomically arranged, and care and attention given to little things like cabinet and door pulls being easy to grip and use. 

Chema Bould, Co-Director, Bower Architecture

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


Phil Ellison (Ellcon Building Contractors)


Shannon McGrath


Australian Architecture Awards – Residential Architecture – Victorian Architecture Award


Australian Architecture Awards – Residential Architecture – National Commendation


Houses Awards – New House over 200m2 – Commendation


Australian Timber Design Awards – Residential Class 1 New Buildings – Finalist for Excellence in Timber Design


Australian Interior Design Awards – Residential Design – Shortlisted

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