Aspect House

  • Type Residential
  • Client Private
  • Location Mornington Peninsula
  • Collaborators Anderson Construction
    Paul Bangay Garden Design
    Tasmin Johnson (Furniture & Styling)
    Edwina Glenn (Furniture & Styling)
  • Construction 2018-2020
  • Photography Sharyn Cairns
  • Design Powell & Glenn Pty Ltd (Architecture & Interiors)
  • Architect Ed Glenn

Sitting atop a generous coastal site, Aspect House cultivates a meaningful relationship with its context by employing an approach which ties itself to place and the oscillating hues and textures of the surrounding land and seascape.

Aspect House thoughtfully reworks and extends a 1909 homestead, redefining its relationship to the sweeping sea views of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula in celebration of the clients’ coastal lifestyle.

The interior programming and colour selections help to draw the land and seascape into the spaces in varying ways, enhancing and defining your relationship to the coastal context throughout the home.

The home’s hub – the kitchen – marks the transition between old and new, where refinished original floorboards meet refined polished concrete floors. The palette of timber, stone, marble, render, and stainless steel enhanced the house’s warmth while echoing the robust architectural language.

In contrast to an open plan format, the design seeks to retain the integrity of the old home by cultivating a series of generous and connected spaces which honour the original layout – eschewing a gallery like resolve in favour of crafted vignettes.

The new extension is sensitively sited to the south of the original residence in a sympathetic response to the site, which also grants the house a new eastern vantage point towards the beach. Designed to patina with time, the robust architectural materials fuse with the tones of the coastal landscape, embedding the house in its place.

The clients’ eclectic art collection guided the interiors, harnessing a language of contrasts. Bright, uplifting spaces were balanced with cool, dark, and private spaces – each playing with texture and grain, amplifying the shifting hues of the ever-present seascape.

High levels of detail with quality finishes in custom joinery reflect the varying hues and textures of the surrounding coastal landscape.