This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Mornington Peninsula Home That Goes Back To Basics

Architecture

The First Lessons House by emerging architectural firm Ray Dinh Architecture is a first principles home. As the initial project from the architect, Ray was eager to respond directly to the client’s brief in a meaningful way.

The top priorities for the property were to maximise the view to the Portsea Lagoon and Wildlife Reserve, and foster a communal and inviting home. In approaching the design from a back-to-basics perspective, the architects show that ‘first lessons’ are the most important lessons to master. A home where simplicity has produced a beautifully honest and engaging result.

4th December, 2018

Photo – Peter Bennetts.

Photo – Peter Bennetts.

Photo – Peter Bennetts.

Photo – Peter Bennetts.

Photo – Peter Bennetts.

Photo – Peter Bennetts.

Photo – Peter Bennetts.

Photo – Peter Bennetts.

Lucy Feagins
Tuesday 4th December 2018

The First Lessons House is the first project from architecture firm Ray Dinh Architecture. Like many architect’s first projects, the project came through family. Ray describes the brief for a ‘house that allows for as much outdoor space as possible, and opens up to the garden.’

The home sits among myrtle and tea-trees, and overlooks the Portsea Lagoon and Wildlife Reserve. With this stunning site to work with, Ray was intent on ‘getting the basics right’.  He aimed to design a home that would respond sensitively to its context, and be guided by the owners’ daily habits.

The outcome is an L-shaped house on a square block, that is designed to maximise tree canopy shade, northern sun and views to the lagoon. The two ‘arms’ of the home allow for both distance and connection, with the kids’ rumpus room at the opposite end to the parents’ bedrooms. Ray explains how this spatial design encourages ‘mischief and separation’ (!), as well as inviting the family into the outdoors, as the fastest route between the ends of the home is a ‘shortcut through the garden!’

Charred blackbutt, concrete, and corrugated iron were selected as ‘robust, earthy materials’, designed to be softened by the natural light and surrounding landscape. Material selection was also informed by the budget, where the ‘entire roof and back of the house is made of standard timber frame and corrugated cladding.’ Saving money here, meant the clients could invest in more extravagant features elsewhere, such as the oversized glass doors throughout the home, which maximise the view.

Ray illustrates the success of the home by recalling the ‘family Christmas dinner, 45 person sit down New Years dinner, and 12th birthday party’ that have all been hosted here since the clients moved in! With a brief that emphasised the importance of communal and shared space, it’s nice to know he’ll have ongoing opportunities return to this home and celebrate with his extended family in years to come!

This Week

Events

TDF Talks @Mercedes me, Round Two!

David Bromley, Peter Maddison, Paul West, and Justine Cullen in-conversation at Mercedes me – book now!

Architecture

An Architect's Own Dream Home

Sally Wilson of sw-architects shows us around her newly renovated home in Woodville, South Australia.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

A Suitably Fashionable Home, From Two Brilliant Creatives

Interior designer/stylist extraordinaire Simone Haag revamps a Victorian Terrace in Armadale.
Miriam McGarry

Shopping

Morocco Meets Byron Bay In This Modern Bohemian Wonderland

A virtual visit to the rug and artisanal object treasure trove that is Tigmi Trading.
Elle Murrell

News

Our Guide To The Biggest-Ever Melbourne Design Week

Australia’s creative capital transforms into a thriving design hub this March!
Sally Tabart

Homes

A Media Mogul's Inner City Oasis

The Fitzroy apartment of Melbourne power couple Nick Shelton and Catherine Graves.

Interiors

Karen McCartney's Dreamy, Rustic French Farmhouse

A dream European outpost for two of Australia’s most respected design aficionados! (And yes, it's available for holiday rental).

Modernist Australia

This Corner-Block Mid-Century Classic Is For Sale

A modernist treasure that hasn't changed hands since the late 1960s!
Patricia Callan

News

A New Exhibition Of Raw, Gestural Works From Miranda Skoczek

One of Melbourne’s most collectible contemporary artists opens her first show of the year tomorrow.

News

A Way For All Australians To Celebrate Robin Boyd's 100th

Australia Post releases a commemorative stamp acknowledging the seminal architect’s centenary.

News

Dinosaur Designs Releases An Earthy New Collection Today

The latest from the Australian-made homewares brand, inspired by the colours of the Australian desert.

News

Local Artists And Designers Feature At This Brunswick East Craft Fete

Bringing back the neighbourhood vibe at this FREE one-day community event!

Food

Nutella, Sea Salt And Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Charlotte Ree's epic choc-chip cookie, with all the trimmings!
Charlotte Ree

News

Klaylife's Dramatic New Range

Macrame and clay beads combine for a spectacular new collection of chandeliers.

Small Business

How Can Your Business Give Back?

Steps you can take to make a positive impact through your workplace, with sage advice from the legends at Who Gives A Crap.
Fiona Killackey

View Comments

Similar Stories

Architecture

The Modern Australian Homestead

Explore the equine elegance of the Ceres Gable House, by Tecture Architecture.

Architecture

A 'Blank Canvas' House By The Beach

A stunning new home on the Mornington Peninsula, designed with the future in mind by Planned Living Architects.

Architecture

A New Lease On Life For A 1960s Holiday Home

A simple, spacious addition by MRTN Architects, that has reinvigorated a 1960s holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula.

This Week

Food

Nutella, Sea Salt And Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Charlotte Ree's epic choc-chip cookie, with all the trimmings!
Charlotte Ree

Interiors

Karen McCartney's Dreamy, Rustic French Farmhouse

A dream European outpost for two of Australia’s most respected design aficionados! (And yes, it's available for holiday rental).

News

A New Exhibition Of Raw, Gestural Works From Miranda Skoczek

One of Melbourne’s most collectible contemporary artists opens her first show of the year tomorrow.

Shopping

Morocco Meets Byron Bay In This Modern Bohemian Wonderland

A virtual visit to the rug and artisanal object treasure trove that is Tigmi Trading.
Elle Murrell

Modernist Australia

This Corner-Block Mid-Century Classic Is For Sale

A modernist treasure that hasn't changed hands since the late 1960s!
Patricia Callan

News

Our Guide To The Biggest-Ever Melbourne Design Week

Australia’s creative capital transforms into a thriving design hub this March!
Sally Tabart

News

Dinosaur Designs Releases An Earthy New Collection Today

The latest from the Australian-made homewares brand, inspired by the colours of the Australian desert.

Small Business

How Can Your Business Give Back?

Steps you can take to make a positive impact through your workplace, with sage advice from the legends at Who Gives A Crap.
Fiona Killackey

Homes

A Media Mogul's Inner City Oasis

The Fitzroy apartment of Melbourne power couple Nick Shelton and Catherine Graves.

News

Local Artists And Designers Feature At This Brunswick East Craft Fete

Bringing back the neighbourhood vibe at this FREE one-day community event!

News

Klaylife's Dramatic New Range

Macrame and clay beads combine for a spectacular new collection of chandeliers.

Interiors

A Suitably Fashionable Home, From Two Brilliant Creatives

Interior designer/stylist extraordinaire Simone Haag revamps a Victorian Terrace in Armadale.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

An Architect's Own Dream Home

Sally Wilson of sw-architects shows us around her newly renovated home in Woodville, South Australia.
Miriam McGarry

News

A Way For All Australians To Celebrate Robin Boyd's 100th

Australia Post releases a commemorative stamp acknowledging the seminal architect’s centenary.

Events

TDF Talks @Mercedes me, Round Two!

David Bromley, Peter Maddison, Paul West, and Justine Cullen in-conversation at Mercedes me – book now!

Similar Stories

Architecture

The Modern Australian Homestead

Explore the equine elegance of the Ceres Gable House.

Architecture

A 'Blank Canvas' House By The Beach

A stunning new home on the Mornington Peninsula, by Planned Living Architects.

Architecture

A New Lease On Life For A 1960s Holiday Home

A simple, spacious addition by MRTN Architects, that has reinvigorated a 1960s holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula.