Hover House

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

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

Phil Ellison (Ellcon Building Contractors)

Photography

Shannon McGrath

Awards
2014

Australian Architecture Awards – Residential Architecture – Victorian Architecture Award

2014

Australian Architecture Awards – Residential Architecture – National Commendation

2014

Houses Awards – New House over 200m2 – Commendation

2014

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

2014

Australian Interior Design Awards – Residential Design – Shortlisted

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