The house at Flinders, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, is buried deep into its 4-hectare site. Invisible from the street, the cedar clad house only appears at the end of a long winding driveway. We wanted to control the views over Bass Strait rather than present just one vista, says designer B.E Architecture.
Designed for a couple with two adult children, the brief was to create a large house with a focus on entertaining . ‘its almost two interconnected houses’, Says Ely, referring to the separate guest accommodation comprising three bedrooms and a living area with its own kitchenette.
However, it is the main pavilion, with. An open-plan kitchen and living area that draws the immediate accolades. Featuring 5 meter high ceilings of painted timber and floor to ceiling glass windows and doors, there is a sense of connection to the rolling hills and Bass Strait in the distance, ‘we’ve tried to personalise each view, whether its from the living areas of from the main bedroom,’ says Ely.
The main bedroom, conceived as a separate two-storey wing, is linked to the living areas via an enclosed breezeway. On the first floor are the main bedroom, ensuite and dressing area. Below is a cabana gymnasium that leads directly to the swimming pool. However, rather than elevate the pool, it is positioned below a 35 meter long stone wall. ‘You really only see the pool when you learn over the rock wall, We didn’t want it to detract from the larger vista,’ says Ely, who also used the stone wall to create a plinth for the covered terraces above
Four outdoor terraces create a series of informal rooms around the house. Featuring cypress posts and a polycarbonate roof lined with timber, these outdoors terraces merge with indoor spaces. While the house is contemporary inspiration was drawn from rustic building built in America in the 1920s. ‘I visited a library in Colorado. In one of the books I picked up were old photos of buildings constructed in rough stonework,’ says Ely, who wanted to introduce similar textures to this Australia house.