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.
As a weekender and holiday home, relaxation is key. The simple dark form is fuss-free and requires very little maintenance. Due to the slope of the site, the rear of the house sits on ground with the front rising high on its footings. Pacific Teak timber battens discreetly hide the footings from view and will continue to silver, dampening and softening the boldness of the once-bright timber.
Consisting of just four modules, the efficient four bedroom home evolved from a response to the site and the challenge of accommodating the needs of multiple generations within a modest footprint and budget.
Holiday life is centred around the pool and the outdoor living spaces, all of which are orientated north. The large deck and pool become an extension of the sleek kitchen and living area thanks to a bank of glass sliding doors. It’s positioning has allowed it to become a place to relax in the sun, a gathering place to enjoy the company of friends and a perfect position to keep an eye on the kids at the same time.
The bedroom wing is not only efficient from a modular point of view, but creates a natural separation from the living zone. The master bedroom incorporates a private balcony – a welcome retreat when all the kids and grandkids come to stay.
The interior material palette is modest and is limited to a small number of material finishes. Modscape’s Standard Specifications were selected for a number of internal finishes for their robustness, quality and timelessness.
The practice of quality material selection, coupled with the strong steel frame construction, promotes longevity, guaranteeing the enjoyment of the home for many generations to come.
The modular house project evolved from a pragmatic response to the challenges of occupying an exposed coastal site. Winds, often extreme, shaped the design with the modular 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.
Conceptually upon approach the modular home is designed as two simple volumes – one clad in pacific teak timber, the other clad in zinc. The contrasting materials will continue to change as they weather and provide a warm counterpart to the wild coastal setting. Timber wraps around the entry and garage to form an enclosed courtyard housing a pool – a space which provides the clients with another haven from the wind. The main house, clad in zinc, stretches across the site and follows the contours of the land.
The four bedroom house is organised around a central kitchen/living/dining space. With plenty of glass, the space captures a wide spread of incredible views – from the sandy beach to the west, to the rocky heads in the south. The kitchen is at the heart of the home and becomes the intermediary space between both indoor and outdoor living – perfect for keeping an eye on the kids in the pool while preparing a meal.
Meeting all the functional requirements for an efficient holiday home, the 300sqm design is flexible enough to cater for extended family members. A large rumpus room at one end of the house can be screened off from the bunk beds to form an extra room when needed. The private master suite is separated by a glass linking space which includes sliding timber screens that can be used to lock-up outdoor furniture while away.
For the clients, a desire to sit in the bath and look out to the untamed coastline was a must and the end result certainly delivers – a quiet retreat from the bustle of their Melbourne lives.
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.
The modules were constructed in 16 weeks and were installed over one weekend to ensure site disruption to the hospital, patients and visitors was kept to a minimum as the carpark remained operational during this period.
Modscape worked closely with the client and consultant team to deliver a modern health care facility with a combined modular space of over 1200sqm housing additional patient rooms and associated staff amenities.
The 32 private rooms, each with their own ensuite, are flooded with natural light and provide a sense of calm required for any hospital stay.
Our client was looking for an innovative solution that would see the addition of eight new apartments to the rooftop of the building. Modscape was engaged to prefabricate the modular apartments off-site in our factory – minimising disruption to guests and to the everyday running of the hotel.
Working closely with Ascui & Co. Architects, the project was constructed in 16 weeks and was installed in just a day. The 20 modules were installed between 3am and midnight on a Saturday night to minimise disruption to the tram network. Fitzroy St was closed to traffic and buses replaced trams during this remarkably quick installation. The installation of the modules drew quite a crowd, attracting curious guests and passers-by.
From the hotel’s rooftop, uninterrupted views of the city skyline and bay can be observed. Organised across two levels, the apartments were designed to ensure that each one captures a slice of the incredible view.
The upper level is differentiated from the rest of the building by being wrapped in zinc shingle cladding, adding texture to the bulk of the overall form. Curved and scale-like, the cladding refracts light to produce lovely rainbow-like patterns which change when viewed from different angles.
A muted and crisp internal finishes palette is utilised throughout, with beautiful calacatta stone celebrated by an expressed steel detail and further enhanced by the 2-pac joinery to the apartment fit-outs.
Modscape was engaged by Ramsay Health Care to develop a modular solution 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 Sydney-based clients approached Modscape with a clear design brief and aesthetic – create a sustainable 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 modular home maximises space in a humble and understated layout, taking cues from the original dwelling. The new modular home adheres to a similar footprint, incorporating existing elements including the sandstone footings.
Simple in form, the large 290sqm home is made up of only 4 housing modules. The bulk of the form is softened by timber battened screens and awnings, which provide privacy and sun protection and help add layers and texture to the façade.
The organisation of space is dictated not only by the efficiency of our modular system, but the functionality of the internal spaces and the client’s desire to have a clear separation between living and rest areas.
An open plan kitchen, living and dining effortlessly flows out onto a rear deck through a bank of floor-to-ceiling glass. The kitchen is visually and physically connected to the outdoor dining area thanks to a convenient buffet window – perfect for entertaining and long summer nights dining by the pool.
Highlight windows maximise light and aid natural cross ventilation, ensuring the home is as comfortable as it is bright.
This prefab house project is a demonstration of strong communication and coordination between our interstate clients and Modscape’s Melbourne team. And the result is a beautiful and functional family home to be enjoyed for many years to come.
The corner block called for a modular design that engages with the site’s existing streetscape from multiple viewpoints. How the modular housing 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.
Inside its shiny black exterior are bright and light internal spaces. An open plan kitchen/living/dining effortlessly flows out into the garden and pool area thanks to a double height wall of glazing. An Enzie spiral staircase makes a striking statement in the room and leads up to a mezzanine master suite. Upstairs the city’s skyline is framed perfectly and sits like a picture on the wall.
While the Modscape team were busy constructing within the factory, renovation and landscaping works occurred concurrently onsite – streamlining the entire process and reducing the amount of time the clients were out of the home.
Every fixture and fitting was carefully considered to reflect the renovation of the existing. The result is a harmonious project that beautifully showcases the client’s eye for design and embodies the flexibility and practicalities of our modular solution.
Modscape worked in partnership with the client to deliver a modular solution that provides a commercially and aesthetically pleasing template for petrol stations to be rolled out across Australia.
The efficient design comprises of two modules that provide all the necessary facilities for the petrol station – cool room, freezer, staff area, fuel pumping controls, service zones and ample space for the trading area displays.
As the building houses all of the essential amenities for the station’s operations, a high level of services coordination has been integrated into the building.
In keeping with the external aesthetic of similar Woolworths projects, the building features a timber composite signage tower which denotes the entrance to the space.
The awning that wraps around the building is also constructed out of modules and ensures the outdoor displays are protected from the elements. It was designed to overlap with the larger canopy hovering above the petrol pumps to make sure motorists don’t have to get wet making their fuel pit stop on those many rainy Melbourne days.
The modular house is arranged over two levels with a timber clad box atop a black metal base. The clients’ brief was to capitalise on the beautiful sea views so the main living space and master bedroom are elevated to the first floor. With the sea views to the south a secondary outdoor area was constructed to take full advantage of the northern sun.
The prefab house is accessed via an external steel staircase leading from the carport whereby you arrive at a semi-enclosed courtyard. Vertical timber battened screens sheltering the courtyard provide privacy from the street while still allowing northern sunlight to penetrate deep into the house. The battens are a continuation of the board + batten cladding which wraps around the upper level and helps to achieve an intimate quality through variation of natural light and shadow.
Occupants are then directed into the main living space and it is here where the full vista unfolds. An open plan kitchen, living and dining extends onto the rear deck through a bank of floor-to-ceiling glass stretching across the width of the house. The kitchen bench extends through to the deck providing the perfect area for outdoor cooking and entertaining.
The Cheminees Philippe double sided fireplace is a stunning feature of the home and is used to subtly define the dining and living room spaces.
On the ground floor, accommodation for guests and the children is generous, as is storage for surf boards, wetsuits and holiday necessities.
Responding to the clients’ preference for bright colours, painted doors and a bespoke kitchen – which features a bright green splashback – are a bold statement against the more natural hues of this alternative dwelling’s exterior.
The arresting sustainable house design developed out of a strong collaboration between the client and Modscape’s design team. Directed by the client’s proposed concept, the team further refined and optimised the design while honouring the client’s desire to exploit the characteristics of modular design.
On the ground level a sleek open plan kitchen and living area is punctuated by a aluminium spiral staircase that leads the occupier to a private retreat. Upstairs the master bedroom suite is oriented to take full advantage of the uninterrupted views across the bay. The views are further emphasised by the use of timber internally which draws the eye outside and beyond.
Detached from the main building is a separate bedroom and ensuite module for the client to utilise as guest accommodation.
The interior material palette is restrained and limited to a small number of material finishes. In the kitchen the thin porcelain benchtop and the elimination of handles on the 2-pac joinery further accentuate the stripped back, clean lines of the home.
Corten steel cladding was selected in combination with Pacific Teak timber as they complement each other while adding a differentiation of textures. The two materials will each age over time creating a home that is ever-changing for the owner and their guests.