The design intent was paramount when building this contemporary, two-storey 47-square home on Beach Road, Black Rock by Melbourne custom builder Arch 10.
The owners desired a home reminiscent of the white houses and rooftops nestled in the mountainous coastal regions of the Mediterranean. They also wanted to maximise the superb views of ocean and sky without compromising neighbours’ privacy and amenities.
A predominantly white, modern exterior is the result, with a bluestone wall entry that hints at the home’s Melbourne roots. Horizontal sharp-angled lines give a weightless, suspension-like quality, so the home appears to be floating.
The uninterrupted views of the city skyline and Port Phillip Bay are framed and brought right inside, with living areas designed to make the most of this 180-degree panorama. The desire to capture these views required a unique form and layout. The four-bedroom home has a two-car garage, a basement theatre and a three-level lift that accesses each floor.
Spacious, light-filled interiors feature rustic earthy textures, a burst of natural timber wall cladding and travertine-tiled floors.
Several green initiatives are also included. High-performance, Low-E glass double-glazed windows naturally keep the house cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Air-conditioning is linked to a C-Bus monitoring system to keep the temperature steady.
Architecturally decorative exterior louvres contribute to the cooling and distinctive appearance of this seamless Mediterranean-inspired home.