Two Angle House by M – A
When you’re lucky enough to live in the beautiful beachside town of Mt. Eliza, Victoria, you want to make the most of the stunning views across Port Philip Bay and Mornington Peninsula National Park. This house, designed by M – A, is focused on capturing those views, as well as the sunrise and sunset, and has interior spaces oriented for maximum sunlight. We spoke to Christopher Megowan, architect and director of M – A, about the project.
Two Angle House is the home of a worldly pair of Welsh expats with a large family who live locally and overseas. Located on a corner block, it follows the contours of the sloping site and appears as a modest single-storey home from the street. Upon crossing the steel canopy covered path to the entrance and opening the front door, its grander scale is revealed. “It’s a substantial house in a beautiful location that has been very carefully derived from its site,” Chris explained.
The house is configured with the master suite and primary living areas on the top level and guest bedrooms and a second living space on the lower level, providing out-of-town family with their own quarters for extended stays.
The light-flooded entry corridor offers a portal view highlighting the Melbourne skyline across Port Phillip Bay. As a floating staircase descend to the lower level, the passageway appears to drop away, creating a double-height void. “It has the feel of an impressive art gallery or dare I say a cathedral-like quality to it,” Chris described.
The living room and master suite are positioned for ocean views to the north and west, and to take advantage of natural light. The bedroom has a balcony that wraps around its northern and eastern sides and the ensuite has west-facing balcony. “The clients can wake up with the morning sun in their bedroom, and can enjoy the setting sun from their ensuite,” said Chris. The bedroom and bathroom are separated by a walk-in robe with timber joinery framing the bathtub and view.
At the top of the staircase, the corridor also veers on an angle to the open-plan kitchen, living and dining area. A shaded deck extends west, over the pool, with views of the Mornington Peninsula National Park in the distance.
Downstairs, there are two bedrooms, bathroom, laundry, wine cellar and second living area that stretches outdoors to the patio, swimming pool and spa.
Using a combination of warm and cool natural materials, such as timber and concrete, provides a textured backdrop to the interior space. Spotted gum-lined ceilings draw the eye to the view, visually extending the sense of the space, and timber joinery, decking and soffits provide warm details throughout. Timber-grain concrete walls, inside and outside, contrast with the polished concrete floors and help to embed the house in the landscape.
M – A’s approach to architecture places equal importance on the physical form as the space that exists between that structure. “Put simply, we are not only creating walls and a roof; instead it is the space in and around those walls that is of even greater value,” Chris said. Similarly, Remodern evolved from our belief that the spaces we inhabit have a significant impact on our lives. As we experience furniture, lighting and objects on a very human scale, they have influential power to enhance our daily lives.
At Two Angle House, furniture from Remodern complements the architecture with timeless forms that are beautiful on the eye and comfortable on the body. Sean Dix’s Casatua Daybed Sofa has minimalist, strong lines that are softened by the exposed frame and curved timber arms, while the timber structure of Dix’s Forte glass coffee table has an angular geometry very much like Two Angle House.
Other pieces include Sean Dix’s Velodrome Mirror propped against the wall beside the Fameg dining setting; a Fameg armchair; Bentu’s concrete-base floor and desk lamps; and objects from Buzao and Bentu. All are considered pieces that enrich the architecture and life within it.
“There is a lot to be proud of in this home,” Chris said. “The internal spaces are quite striking and effective in engaging with the outdoors. There are many delightful details throughout and I love how the house presents modestly to the street but when you round the corner, the larger scale and ambition of the project is revealed.”