This development is unlike any other on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
It has two major design influences. One is Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, who masterplanned the nearby Ranelagh Estate, which has defined Mount Eliza’s character for nearly 100 years. The other is the intimate relationship between the built environment of Mount Eliza and the surrounding coastal landscape.
The townhouse design is a contemporary interpretation of the Griffins’ garden suburb idea, where landscape and architecture are rigorously interlaced.
The 25 houses are around the site’s perimeter, enclosing a public park at its centre. An existing heritage building in the park will operate as a café, open to residents and the public.
Each home and room is oriented to maximise natural light and offer views to either private or shared landscape.
Using landscape, we’ve offered different levels of privacy so the individual yard of each home merges seamlessly into the shared park.
The material palette for the homes is limited to articulated masonry, charred timber, and natural timber finishes.
Together, they form a backdrop to planting and landscaping. This palette evokes the various landscape characteristics of coastal Mount Eliza, from the scrubby planting to the rocky cliff sides.
Patterns in the masonry reference the knit-lock brick construction technique, which the Griffins invented.