Sorrento Beach House on Sullivan’s Bay

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Sorrento Beach House on Sullivan’s Bay

Large Sea Front Residence, near Melbourne, Australia – design by Modscape Architects

2 Feb 2018

Sorrento Beach House

Design and build: Modscape

Location: Sullivan’s Bay, Victoria, Australia

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Photos: Dianna Snape

Sorrento Beach house is a new dwelling located on Victoria’s first settlement site of 1803, on Sullivan’s Bay.
The beach house begins as an austere and robust object in the landscape which begins to relax and respond to its natural environment as it approaches the water.

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Considering the site’s history, we thought the exterior should not be playful. It should be heavy and robust as one would wish for a ship, or pier, and It should be somewhat austere to avoid polite domestic gestures which seemed out of place against a sombre historical context.

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Departing from this position, a broad & very heavy timber screen wraps the building, acting to screen the concrete shell from the suns heat. The timber-work references more the heavy coastal timber-work on the foreshore, than the local historic vernacular.

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

The house transitions between the ideas of shelter and exposure, articulating privacy in the dwelling and the occupant’s experience of the natural site.
Internally, the sleeping zone emphasises the concrete shell and is characterised by internal surface, punched-out windows, deep timber sills, and filtered light through external slotted timber screens.

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Moving from sleeping to the living zones, broad light enters from all directions, and the architecture transitions to a language of spatial openness and less formal restraint, responding to sunlight, wind, privacy, and extensive foreshore views.

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

The concrete interior emerges to face the harsher conditions of the foreshore, the waterline “presses” against the building creating a sweeping roof line, earthy colours from a local quarry appear in the ground slab, and the timber ceiling fragments into a natural crystalline pattern which align with constellations in the night sky on the eve of settlement.

Sorrento Beach House

The living areas are conceptualised as outdoor space; earth below, sky above waterline directly in front.

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House, Sullivan’s Bay – Building Information

Project size: 550 sqm
Site size: 1915 sqm
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 2

Design Architect: AM Architecture
Landscape Design: Jane Burke

Felicetti
VCON
MacCormack Associates

Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Photography: Dianna Snape

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