Mt Martha Residence, Australia
Principal Architect: Robert Caulfield
The inspiration for this family home in Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula was ‘ancient structures’.
The brief called for a new construction built amongst stone piers that could have been there for centuries, while providing its owners with all modern conveniences and spectacular views from all three available directions on the site.
Owned by two scientists, the clients had a need for professional entertaining and to accomodate visiting family and guests.
This project presented a number of challenges. As well as being an extremely steep site, it also fell within a bushfire area, a green wedge zone and an erosion control area. These were all factored into the construction location, materials selection, landscaping and final form.
In spite of the challenges, the beauty of the site provided a great source of inspiration, with the designers drawing on the site’s granite outcrops and boulders in the selection of materials and colour palette.