Planned Living Architects Pty Ltd
Planned Living Architects is an experienced and creative practice which specialises in the design of residences in coastal areas. We place a strong emphasis on designing buildings around people and place. We do not perceive ourselves as having any one prescribed ‘style’, but see every project as an individual creation which will reflect the uniqueness of its site, function and users.
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The rolling hills of Flinders on a small acreage provide the setting for this outstanding secluded resort-style dwelling. The brief was to provide a dwelling with a separation of spaces for three adult generations. Individual age group areas combined with generous communal gathering places for the entire family were a priority. An internal swimming pool, caretaker’s accommodation and extensive landscaping completed the brief. The resulting design was a single storey linear dear form overlooking a small lake and towards Westernport Bay and Philip Island. Bold forms of rammed earth anchor the building within its natural surrounds interacting with natural timber and other lightweight elements to provide a well scaled dwelling, homogenous with the Flinders/Red Hill hinterland.
Client Brief The brief was for a beach house, which could be used as a full time dwelling in retirement. The core values for consideration being accessibility, utilization of passive solar and ecologically sound principals, no maintenance, comfort, views and a strong affinity with the immediate coastal location. Site Context A residential allotment of approximately 700sq mtrs on the Mornington Peninsula, sloping steeply towards the North with extensive views of Port Phillip. Noise from Point Nepean Rd and privacy were key factors to consider. Design Response A basement car park was excavated into the hill with the habitable part of the dwelling located on a single level above. A strong natural harmony with the seaside location was created using organic materials such as rammed earth, polished concrete , natural timbers and glass curtain walls.
A young family with a time consuming local business set the scene for the design of this unique dwelling. The Clients required a secure and private home that would accommodate the needs of the growing family whilst providing a home base for social activities. The site was a conventional urban allotment which sloped down off the road then rising to the rear of the site. Care needed to be applied to ensure that any development did not allow vision on to the roof from the roadway whilst the project needed to be designed to avoid the need for a Council Town Planning permit. The building is a rectilinear design punctuating a timber blade wall at the entry. The extensive use of Australian native hardwoods through the blade wall at the entry , ceilings defining access ways, flooring and the decking blends harmoniously with the bold Matrix panels on the external walls. By introducing natural light into all spaces it provides a feeling of connection with the outdoors. This is enhanced through the ability to open the expansive sliding window wall onto North side the decking. Passive solar gain is maximised due to the North orientation with shade provided by the generous verandahs. Strong simplicity was the key to providing an uncomplicated solution to balance the complex lifestyle of the owners.