Sorrento Floating Roof House
Duration 12 months
After building a home for the owners fifteen years prior, a strong report and level or trust between builder and client led to a very fruitful, enjoyable design and construct experience for all involved. An undulating vacant block of 300 year old moonah trees and ocean beach tea tree was extensively surveyed to allow for an appropriate design response.
As a coastal retreat from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, visitors are met with a series of flat boulder stepping stones at approach to the entrance. A subtle cue to slow down and experience the natural surroundings. A rope handle on the entrance pivot door furthers a ‘playful’ holiday experience. At entry level, views are presented through the central living space to the rear garden, the visitor is always kept in connection with the landscape. A 4.2m high ceiling to the living area is stage for the extended family to spend social time together. Grandchildren can be enjoyed or kept at bay by a 2.8m x 5m top hung sliding door that separates living from rumpus and zones the use of the space to expand or make more intimate spaces. There is visual connection to the pool for both safety and splendour. Pool Balustrade extent is reduced by placement within a valley – an inbuilt pool becomes above ground to prevent access and a sense of swimming in free open space.
The sun or independent quiet time can be chased on one of the three decks of the family holiday home. At night, retreat is found to Master bedroom at mid level, Guest Bedroom at ground and three bedrooms upstairs all with own ensuite.
A balance of spaces offering togetherness and separateness is provided in a casual home tailored for beach living.
Stackbond blockwork referencing Mid-Century Modern Architecture of the area conceals an external shower at the front to service family returning from the beach.