In Focus

Architectural beachside living

Christian Marotta

Christian Marotta

February 2016
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There is a charisma about a magnificent architecturally designed home set in a great location, and nowhere is that better exemplified than at the beachside.

Victoria’s seaside communities, that were once the annual summer playgrounds for young families, have come to life in a different way in the past 30 years as people, young and old, seek an escape from the bustle of urban life.

The ability to engage with the surroundings, the flora and fauna and the community are part of the narrative that has become known as a sea change.

To be free from the intrusions of city life where stark concrete structures and the endless hum of movement are replaced by naturally formed green landscapes, beautiful beaches and relative peaceful silence—where community lives in comfort with ecology.

Australian cultural sociologist Nicholas Osbaldiston wrote in 2012 that human life is conducted and organised in both space and place. Nowhere is that more evident than in a beautifully architecturally designed home nestled amongst the tea-trees on Victoria’s historic Mornington Peninsula.

Sorrento, deep in the foot off the Peninsula, boasts a community that ebbs and flows like a bay tide. In the summer and on weekends, the place buzzes with excitement, while in winter there can be no more relaxed place to get away from the hectic pace of city life and to loll by the fireside with a good book.

Well designed coastal homes blend and cooperate with the environment despite their modern tones and defined lines—the product of great architecture. Masterful integration of private indoor and outdoor spaces blends functionality with modern design, to deliver the ultimate beachside lifestyle.

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