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Portsea Beach House in Australia by Mitsuori Architects

Project name:
Portsea Beach House
Architecture firm:
Mitsuori Architects
Portsea, Australia
Michael Kai Photography
Principal architect:
Matthew Murfett & Melissa Lim
Design team:
Interior design:
Built area:
295 m²
Site area:
674 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Structural Edge
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Howroyd Homes Pty Ltd
Wood, Steel, Glass
Residential › House

Completed in 2019 by Melbourne-based architecture practice Mitsuori Architects, Portsea Beach House is a holiday home located in Portsea a seaside town in Metropolitan Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. 

Architect's statement: The Portsea beach house is a response to a wonderfully simple brief to create an elegant and practical family beach house. This family holiday home is located on the former rear yard of a historical school building in Portsea on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. The design celebrates the simplicity, clarity and beauty that emerges when form and function come together. The clean geometric forms and a minimalist material palette reflect a restrained design approach that balances pragmatism with aesthetics.

Portsea Beach House in Australia by Mitsuori Architectsimage © Michael Kai Photography

One of the key architectural challenges of this project was to balance economy and pragmatics with visual boldness. This is a spatially and structurally efficient building that makes the most of a small site and compact building footprint. A family beach house is as much about coming together as it is about finding opportunities for retreat and respite. Therefore, spaces within this home are configured to create both open communal areas and separable private zones, allowing occupants to move freely between social and quiet spaces. Large surfaces of full height glazing bring natural light deep into the interior and extend views out to the garden. A simple form expressed with a single material allowed us to create an efficient and low maintenance building with inherent sculptural beauty.

modern house with wooden deck terrace

wooden walls

wooden roof shade

living room with slide window open to garden

kitchen dining table with open window to terrace

hanged globe-shaped lamp over dining table

modern two storey house in Melbourne

house with illumination at evening

modern house wooden facade

house main entrance

house with illumination at night

wooden dining table in terrace

ground floor plan

first floor plan

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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