A rickety 1960s beach shack occupied this sandy site close to Diamond Bay on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. The sophisticated and well travelled owners sought to retain its relaxed mid century holiday house feel whilst extending and renovating both levels to a more appropriate level of comfort and elegance for them.
A Seidler-esque ramp leads to a luxurious self-contained upper floor for easier future access, whilst the lower ground floor houses the new laundry and quarters specifically for guests. Underfloor space was reclaimed to create a man cave and occasional storage for a special car.
The arrangement of the family, kitchen and dining space is designed to be social, true to the modernist ethos. The open plan living, walls of custom joinery, fireplace, high overhead windows, and floor to ceiling glass sliders all pay respect to successful and appropriate techniques of modernity. Natural linen sheer curtains and Japanese style sliding screens give control over privacy, light and views.
Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Barcelona Pavilion provided ample inspiration for the clients in the early design phase, where Hindley & Co have referenced key details from this Modernist classic in the project’s deep, cantilevered verandah. The double storey form achieves the illusion of a single-storey home when viewed from the street. This is one of the many “less is more” features highlighted when choosing mid-century influences for this home.
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