In the coastal suburb of Portsea, Victoria stands this striking modular home which looks as impressive today as it did when it was installed over five years ago.
Part of our design philosophy is to create contemporary spaces that not only look beautiful and are functional, but also possess a long lifespan and continue to adapt and grow with their surrounding environments. The Portsea home is a great illustration of this – the coastal beauty continues to age gracefully over time.
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.
Set on a windswept hillside overlooking Bass Strait sits a modular 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.
Important to the design was the organisation of internal and external living spaces to ensure they provide shelter at different times of the day and year while still allowing the amazing views to be experienced from within.
We’ve found 3D printed models to be a powerful tool to communicate and develop design ideas with our clients.
The models stimulate conversation and debate, which facilitates the design development process. Crucial lessons can be learnt through the testing of ideas in a miniature format.
On occasions when floorplans and technical drawings can be difficult to understand, a 3D model makes the design more tangible. In turn, the increased level of client understanding allows for design changes to be incorporated at the early stages, saving time and money.
Below are some 3D printed models of upcoming modular homes that are currently in progress.
Earlier this month we installed a stunningly simple weekender at Mt Macedon.
The two bedroom/ two ensuite retreat was constructed out of four modules and has a large deck running along its length – perfect for watching the sun set over the beautiful ranges.
This short video shows the one day installation. More detail about the project, including a floorplan and photos, will be on our website in the coming months – so watch this space.
Modscape worked closely with Calvary Health Care and Erilyan to construct additional patient rooms for their St Luke’s Hospital in Launceston, Tasmania.
The hospital chose a modular solution to enable them to quickly meet their increasing accommodation demands. Minimal time spent onsite meant less disruption to the day-to-day running of the hospital. The construction was completed in 8 weeks with the modules being installed in one day. A further 6eeks onsite and the rooms were ready for new patients.
The Waverley Private Hospital expansion and refurbishment project in Waverley, Victoria included the addition of 32 new private rooms for the hospital’s surgical ward. The addition compliments the existing hospital facilities operated by Ramsay Health Care.
As part of a larger redevelopment of Waverley Private hospital, the new modular wing floats above the existing carpark and creates a modern entry statement to the hospital.
Modscape was engaged by Ramsay Health Care to develop a modular system that enabled them to quickly meet the hospital’s increasing accommodation demands while minimising disruption to patients, staff and visitors. Designed by Billard Leece Partnership Architects, the 36 modules over four levels were installed in just two days. Erilyan carried out the site works for the project while Modscape constructed the ‘cold shell’ offsite within the Brooklyn factory.
The modules were delivered with a complete façade and structural system. Following installation concrete floors have been poured into each level over a two week period.
Check out the install video below
This family home in Lane Cove, NSW beautifully embodies the practicalities of our modular house system by demonstrating that you don’t need a lot of modules to get a large amount of space.
The Sydney-based clients approached Modscape with a clear design brief and aesthetic – create a design that utilises an efficient use of modules to keep transport costs to a minimum, and respect and complement the existing elements of the site.
The resulting home maximises space in a humble and understated layout, taking cues from the original dwelling. The new home adheres to a similar footprint, incorporating existing elements including the sandstone footings.
Peeking above a brick wall in Brunswick sits a modular extension that creates a powerful contrast from the existing architecture.
The corner block called for a design that engages with the site’s existing streetscape from multiple viewpoints. How the extension reads in elevation was very important to both the clients and the Modscape design team. Rather than attempting to mimic in an unauthentic manner, the simple and geometric addition stands independently from the original, while remaining sympathetic to its scale and that of the surrounding streetscape. A glass link corridor clearly defines the two architectural styles and even allows for a walk-in pantry to be accommodated.