Venus Bay Beach House / MRTN Architects

Venus Bay Beach House / MRTN Architects

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Venus Bay, Australia
  • architects Authors of this architecture project MRTN Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • architects

  • location

    Venus Bay VIC 3956, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Antony Martin
  • area

    110.0 sqm
  • photographs

  • Builder

    Wayne Newton, Adobe Construction
  • Structural Engineer

    Paul Deery
  • Builder Certifer

    Tim Blankenstein
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© Nic Granleese
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Text description provided by the architects. The client’s needs were fairly straightforward. A holiday home for them and their three children, an easy to maintain and robust house, and enough space so that another family could came and stay as well. The challenge lay in providing the accommodation and living space required for a limited and tight budget.

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© Nic Granleese

The site presented many challenges. A steep site and narrows towards the road limiting space at the top of the site for access and services. Venus Bay can fairly exposed to the predominant south-westerly winds in the area and can be quite cold and wet in Winter. The area is also subject to a Wildfire Overlay as part of the planning permit process.

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© Nic Granleese

Venus bay is located on the Cape Liptrap coast two hours from Melbourne. It can be a pretty wild bit of coast with a predominant south-westerly wind. The site is on a steep section of land and was subject to a wild fire rating which resulted in the house being constructed with a BAL 29.

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© Nic Granleese

Built on a tight budget the plan was kept even tighter to provide 4 bedrooms and variety of living spaces. This was achieved by stepping the plan down the steep site and by keeping the level changes at one metre or less so that no balustrades were required resulting in an open tiered floor plan.

© Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese

A key space is the oversized, for the house, covered outdoor deck that faces north east and so provides a sunny, protected space to play and perform as well as a deep shading overhang to the interior.

This family holiday house is designed to provide place of retreat from the city.


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Cite: "Venus Bay Beach House / MRTN Architects" 12 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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