Sorrento Beach House

Sorrento Beach House

Architect
Pandolfini Architects
Location
Sorrento VIC, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
Rory Gardiner
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Pendant LightingPet lamp
Esperara-Siapidara, Chimbarongo S-B, Mapushe Single
LightingAnchor Ceramics
Potter Light, Earth Wall Light
Marble Basinapaiser bathware
Ceramic SinkAbey
Chambord HENRI Single bowl Fireclay
RugArmadillo
Malawi
Wall TapwareBrodware
Yokato Collection

Product Spec Sheet
Pendant Lighting
Esperara-Siapidara, Chimbarongo S-B, Mapushe Single by Pet lamp
Lighting
Potter Light, Earth Wall Light by Anchor Ceramics
Marble Basin
Ceramic Sink
Chambord HENRI Single bowl Fireclay by Abey
Rug
Malawi by Armadillo
Wall Tapware
Yokato Collection by Brodware

Sorrento Beach House

Pandolfini Architects as Architects

Nestled amongst holiday homes on the edge of Port Phillip Bay, the Sorrento Beach House has been conceived with a nostalgia for the simple forms and materials of holiday homes of the past. Composed of five separate pavilions arranged around a central outdoor living space, the house eschews the competition for water views and focuses inwards, placing the theatre of holiday life centre stage.

photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner
photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner

Designed for a young family with historic ties to the area, a series of private and communal spaces have been created which can be adapted as the family grows. The distributed plan and use of external shutters allow for strong visual connections between the spaces or autonomy as the need arises.

photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner
photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner

The single level pavilions present an instantly recognisable silhouette, with their dispersal across the site allowing for extensive landscaping ensuring the house sits comfortably in its coastal setting. A reductive palette of weathered timber, bagged brickwork and corrugated roofing reinforces the simple gable roof forms while finely detailed glass bridges link the pavilions, accentuating the sense of transition and creating a strong connection with the outdoors.

photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner
photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner

Design of the landscape was instrumental in the project’s conception and while the primary focus of the house is the central communal garden, the plan creates a series of discreet outdoor spaces, each with their own audience and program.

photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner
photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner

Each pavilion maintains a compact footprint that is defined by generous pitched ceilings and cropped openings to curate the views. External materials flow inside where muted tones and textured finishes combine to create a relaxed and serene environment. Within each pavilion are smaller spaces of seclusion and retreat, often concealed behind timber panelled doors and with views to their own private garden.

photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner
photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner

Shallow floorplates provide for excellent cross ventilation and access to natural light, while the careful siting of the pavilions protect the central space from the coastal winds. Extensive onsite rainwater retention, a large array of solar panels and the use of the external shutters and ceiling fans minimise consumption.

photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner
photo_credit Rory Gardiner
Rory Gardiner

Architects: Pandolfini Architects

Builder: CP Beckingsale Constructions

Landscape Designer: Fiona Brockoff Design

Structural Engineers: OPS Engineers

Stylist: Jess Kneebone

Photographer: Rory Gardiner

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Materials Used:

Facade cladding:

Weathered timber and bagged brickwork

Flooring:

Mosaic Tiles, Midnight Blue by Tiles of Ezra

Travertine, Stone Pavers, Signorino
Roofing:

Colour Bond Ultra Steel Roof

Interior lighting:

Pendant Lights, Cane, Safari Living Wall Light, Earth, Anchor Ceramics
Pendant Light, Potter, Anchor Ceramics
Pendant Light, Colombian ES, PET Lamp
Interior furniture:

Robert Plumb Chunky Dining Table,  Armadillo Malawi Rug, Chambord Henri Single Bowl Ceramic Sink
Zen Basin Apaiser

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