Munroe Ocean Beach House

Winner of the Residential Class 1 – New Buildings category of the Australian Timber Design Awards 2017

Situated in the ocean beach environs of Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, this house presents itself as a robust, tactile and refined combination of timber and raw concrete. Its understated presence embraces the coastal landscape through the extensive use of natural timber, sitting harmoniously amongst the tones of the local indigenous vegetation, whilst privacy is created through a thoughtful combination of solid walls and operable timber screens.

Connections into the house and through to the outdoor spaces are accentuated by continuous material links, such as the Blackbutt wall and ceiling linings, which provide warmth and softness to the interiors offsetting the bold concrete elements. This consistency of material is continued throughout the house, with clear finishes used on all the Blackbutt surfaces to showcase the natural character of the material. LVL and Glulam were used structurally throughout the project.

Design: Planned Living Architects

Photography: Derek Salwell