Mount Martha, Victoria


This steeply sloping site on the Mornington Peninsula has predominant and breath-taking 270-degree views of Martha’s Cove and beyond. Taking advantage of the slope, the building program is embedded into the natural landscape and looks to maximise views to the bay from every vantage point on the site.

A glazed pavilion is occupied by the primary living areas which flow onto an external terrace and infinity edge swimming pool which sit atop a heavy stone clad plinth. An aged ironbark pergola provides shading to the pavilion from the high summer sun whilst ensuring the views towards the bay remain uninterrupted. The pergola, inspired by European coastal properties, extends deep into the site creating a grand rear entry of timber framework and cascading vines.

The building’s material palette is designed for longevity and to settle the building into its natural surroundings. Aged ironbark cladding, locally sourced stone cladding and a chalky, flush struck brickwork give the building a robust yet soft aesthetic that is designed to last. The pitched roof forms represent a familiar vernacular, designed to evoke a sense of home for our client whilst adding volume to the building’s interior.