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Michael McKenna - Works


This project is a single family house located on an elevated suburban allotment in bayside Black Rock. The site has a fall of over 6 metres to street level. The new house replaces a post war suburban brick villa with a design that responds to planning controls for open space, building envelopes, heights, set backs and maintains established gardens with mature trees, yet fulfilling the client brief for a unique family home.

A tri level design stratifies functional zones to basement garage, ground floor living areas, and upper floor sleeping areas. The main living areas are open plan including kitchen, dining and an el fresco area. The ground and upper floors have views over Port Phillip Bay, as well as garden views.

The architecture to the street expresses a public face and openness to distant bay views with a cubic profile and cantilevered glass bays above a masonry base . The garden architecture is family oriented with a pool and expressed pergola frames, sunshading and canopies.

Stage: Construction complete.

Timeline: 2010-12