Located along the coastline of Port Phillip Bay and within arm’s reach of the Portsea Pier, Portsea Beach House is the refurbishment of an existing cliff top residence. The proposed scheme pays homage to the understated character of the house which is reminiscent of the modernist era and adopts a sympathetic palette that draws inspiration from the surrounding coastal context.
The Client brief sought to rejuvenate the existing double storey residence, whilst maintaining the existing building footprint, with refined design gestures and minor modifications to the spatial arrangement to create a 6 bedroom haven. The brief called for a deep appreciation of the past, both from the perspective of the existing modernist house but also in the context of the family’s long standing connection to the seaside town.
In response, decorative lighting and key furniture pieces were sourced through vintage ateliers, including the original Semi Pendant (1967) that features in both the ground and first floor living areas. New joinery insertions provide for a neutral backdrop to showcase our clients array of ornaments and treasures collected along their travels, the final layer that defines a strong sense of home. Also of significance to the family was a key art piece ‘Boat Sheds on Fisherman’s Beach by Sally Joubert’, that featured in the family’s past beach house and was to take pride of place in their new home.