Mornington Peninsula House
The Mornington Peninsula House is located in Mornington on a sloping forested site with panoramic views across Port Phillip Bay. This beautiful site also contained challenges such as a single storey covenant and the potential for bushfires.
The large home includes a gym, theatre, meditation room, reading room, sauna and large garage. Rather than designing a single building, Turco and Associates divided the extensive program into two buildings to enhance views, solar access and connection to the outdoors from all rooms. The division of program also allowed for an internalised outlook from many rooms, providing a sense of containment to this private family. An existing pair of established Eucalypts located in the centre of the site was retained, forming the centrepiece of a series of courtyards which snake their way between the two forms. A pair of glazed bridge links connect the primary sleeping areas located in the Northern building with the living areas located within the Southern building, creating a necessary immersion in nature as occupants move throughout the building.