Mt. Martha, Victoria
Hover House is Maurie and Raema’s home for long term enjoyment and retirement in beachside Mt. Martha (Victoria, Australia). Maurie and Raema came to us after they were 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
Adaptability and zooming were a focus to allow a sense of spaciousness and for energy efficiency. Sliding doors and screens allow for each bedroom wing to be open or closed independently from the main living space. When just Maurie and Raema are home, the main bedroom opens up via internal and external sliding doors to the living spaces and courtyard garden to create a luxurious and generous feeling of space for them to enjoy when they are by themselves. When guests come to stay, the screens and doors do their work to create privacy.
As for all of homes for long term aging in place and retirement, functionality is key: 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.
Boon Wurrung People First People of the Bays (Port Phillip and Westernport) and South East Victoria
Bower Architecture & Interiors
Phil Ellison (Ellcon Building Contractors)
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