Fernon Residence

Sorrento, Melbourne

Client: Michael Fernon

Year: 2014

In a quiet pocket of bushland, just a short walk to the beach, this unique modular beach house successfully captures the tranquil lifestyle of Sorrento beach-side living. The design has been carefully considered to deliver an aesthetic that complements and works within the site confines.

The residence features four bedrooms and large open-plan living spaces, that have the ability to open up to large surrounding decks and swimming pool area. Through passive solar principles the house captures northern light and harnesses cross-ventilation and promotes a sense of indoor/outdoor living.

Designed in darkly subdued materials the modular nature of the design is expressed via the upper floor module which appears to float over the ground floor module.

Due the location of the site and its tight access roadway, ML Design had to consider the module dimensions for each zone in the residence and arrive at a layout which met with the expectations of the client. Our design team also looked to minimise the outlook to neighbouring properties while maximising the view toward the pool and landscaped areas. Our designs managed to capture good north light while still providing adequate shading – ensuring that the house remained bright, airy and comfortable.

The ML team have worked towards a solution which overcomes the constraints of a tight site, maximising the livability of the house and creating private and focused outlook to the surrounding landscape. The final design is an innovative, contemporary and free flowing solution that uses modular design construction techniques to create a truly unique beach-side home.