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The Dream Dinner Party Home

Architecture

Everyone loves a dinner party… but not everyone designs a home around a five-and-a-half-metre dining table! The clients of the ‘MLS House’ in Sorrento came to Jay Earles of Planned Living Architects with a clear brief – this home was to welcome guests, and accommodate a seat at the table for up to 30 visitors.

The architects took the brief and ran with it, brilliantly incorporating local limestone and timber, to create a next-level Aussie ‘beach shack’!

31st January, 2019

The welcoming entry to the MLS House by Planned Living Architects. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Built with entertaining in mind. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Locally sourced limestone runs throughout the property. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

A room with a view. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Shadow lines, where timber meets stone. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Clean architectural lines cast sharp shadows on the limestone wall. Outdoor table setting Top3 by Design. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Room for many visitors to come and stay. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

All the welcoming perks of a shack, with the genersity of a vast beach house. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Jess Lillico.

Miriam McGarry
Thursday 31st January 2019

The MLS Home by Planned Living Architects translates the best of a beach shack (family vibes, outdoor spaces, ‘all are welcome’ motto) into an expansive and refined coastal property.

The primary brief to the architects was to replace the family’s beach shack with a larger space that could accommodate all of the guests they wished to invite to stay. Architect Jay Earles explains ‘entertaining large groups was a major factor of the brief, with the owners often having 20-30 guests for dinner, and wanting to permanently accommodate a five-and-a-half-metre long custom dining table and a similarly large island bench for this reason.’ In many homes, the kitchen is the heart of the home – but here, it is the dining table.

The welcoming ethos extends from dinner parties, to kids slumber parties!  The clients also wanted the ability to accommodate ‘and sometimes separate’ – their young family, and provide for their friends also, creating a downstairs kids zone consisting of a large bunk room for 10+ people, tv space and pool table. This epic rumpus room extends into the outdoor activity space, with pool, tennis court and trampoline.

While vast, the home maintains a warm and welcoming energy, through the thoughtful palette of locally sourced limestone and warm timber, and the clever framing of panoramic views. The limestone connects with the geological history of the area; Jay highlights how the ‘wild sand dunes of Ocean Beach and Moonah woodland’ inspired the architecture. While the availability of local limestone presented initial challenges, resourceful call-outs across the area to industry contacts found a ‘secretly held stash’ that allowed the architects to resolve their vision for the build.

The strong linear lines and robust forms of the home are designed to direct movement through the space, and orient visitors and residents towards the stunning views. This beachside property is designed to be shared, and Jay enthuses ‘it radiates a sense of warmth and welcoming.’

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