Materials shine at this Melbourne property, designed by Eastop Architects on the rugged coastline of the Mornington Peninsula overlooking Bridgewater Bay.
The four-bedroom beach house was completed in 2022 and is designed to harmonise with its natural surroundings. It features a combination of materials that reflect the landscape’s tawny hues, including timber and brick for the exterior, as well as polished concrete and stone for added texture and tone to the interior.
Eastop’s design prioritises framed views of the beautiful surroundings. The architects have used a combination of ‘fixed and operable panels’ in the glazing, which allows the property to open up to plant-filled courtyards and a swimming pool. This design enhances the connection with the outdoors and expands the sight lines throughout the house.
The main space is the free-flowing kitchen and family room. A colossal stone island serves as a food preparation area and a six-person dining table – its column-supported design is echoed outside with the shaded dining terrace – and bespoke wooden cabinetry. The family room, meanwhile, features a bespoke console that integrates the wood-burning fireplace with shelving and storage.
The layout of the Melbourne property is thoughtfully designed to provide both private and shared spaces. The main bedroom is secluded in its own wing and comes with an ensuite bathroom, a walk-in closet, and views over the pool. Three smaller bedrooms, meanwhile, are contained within the curve of a brick wall.
Re-vegetation is also critical to the home’s success: in addition to the central courtyard, which is planted with indigenous grasses and plants, a green roof means flora will gradually subsume the building, bedding it further into its coastal setting while adding to its seclusion.
Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty is listing 38 Dana Avenue with the price upon request.