Project Phillip Island: designing for a coastal location

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Designing for a coastal site will always come with its challenges. On one hand, you need a design that protects itself and its residents from the elements. But on the other, you want a design that makes the most of the surrounding views.

This was what Modscape’s Project Phillip Island home set out to do. Located on Victoria’s Phillip Island, the modular home is situated in a spot prone to harsh winds. 

Modular construction brought to life through a creative lens

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The detailed modular construction process can be a difficult one to grasp, yet the many advantages are worth understanding for anyone looking to design and build a new home.

To aid this understanding we recently engaged Melbourne cinematographer, Nathan Kaso, to produce a short tilt-shift time-lapse film on the process.

But rather than just spelling out our process, Nathan sought to capture the distinctiveness of a modular project through a unique combination of filming techniques and styles. 

Prefab Phillip Island house subservient to its location

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One moment on a wildly exposed coastal site at Phillip Island, there were just some scratchings in the dirt, some footings and preparative plumbing work.

By the end of the same day, the components of a long, lean, four-bedroom house were in situ, requiring only cosmetic stitching together to complete a new home of very pure and very boxy form.

Semi-trailers delivered the seven separate components of the zinc and Pacific teak-clad building and, apart from the oak flooring, says Modscape’s Jan Gyrn, all the fixtures, fittings and finishes were complete.

Phillip Island project on Australian Design Review online

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Set on a windswept hillside overlooking Bass Straight sits a modular holiday home that allows the epic coastal location to be experienced in all its many states.

The project evolved from a pragmatic response to the challenges of occupying an exposed coastal site. Winds, often extreme, shaped the design with the house acting as a barrier and protecting the external courtyard tucked in behind. 

Off-grid living takes centre stage

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This month there is one extra reason why you should pick up the latest edition of the brilliant Mezzanine Magazine – there’s an excellent article on off-grid living with Modscape’s Tintaldra project taking centre stage.

Rich in content and packed full of incredible design inspiration, the summer edition of the magazine features a wonderful collection of homes – from Byron to the bush – that exemplify holiday living, with many in remote areas.  The article titled ‘Off the Grid’ focuses on what it’s like to build in regional areas and highlights some of the benefits and challenges of off-grid living in Australia. 

Things we love: off-grid living

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This month we are loving the new video by realestate.com.au on off-grid living – featuring our very own Tintaldra project.

The Tintaldra home is situated on a vast property on the southern banks of the Murray River and serves as a minimalist retreat, offering a secluded yet intimate existence from which the surrounding environment can be observed and revered.

Things we love: Modscape on The Block

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If you were one of the 1mil+ viewers who tuned in to the first episode of Nine’s reality renovation show, The Block, you would have seen five Modscape modules being craned onto the top of a Port Melbourne building.

The modules utilized our steel frame construction but were ripe for renovating as part of the contestants’ first 48 hour challenge.  The couples got to work fitting out a bedroom and bathroom that would be their home for the duration of the competition and, in between the tears, demonstrated a practical use of space.

Open House Melbourne Weekend

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Not long to wait until 2016 Open House Melbourne Weekend- and we’re counting the sleeps.

As mentioned last month, Modscape recently became an Official Practice Partner for the 2016 Open House Melbourne Weekend. Open House Melbourne’s goal is to ensure Melbourne remains a liveable and vibrant place by better connecting people with their city and educating our city’s future custodians on the importance of good design. And we’re thrilled to help them do it. 

Things we love: Open House Melbourne

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We love good architecture and design. So it’s no surprise that we are a big fan of Open House Melbourne and the Open House Worldwide Network.

‘Open House’ is a simple but powerful concept – showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely for free. Open House initiatives encouraging everyone to go exploring in their city and discover the value of a well-designed built environment.