The Portsea House by Studio Esteta sits up high, overlooking the coastline of Port Phillip Bay, a stone’s throw from the Portsea Pier. The original mid-century residence has been updated to accommodate six (!) bedrooms, but the modernist character of the home has been thoughtfully retained.
The double storey home has been renovated within the existing building footprint, and maintains as distinctly mid-century identity. The architects have worked to create new connections to the adjacent Weeroona Bay in a ‘non “coastal cliché” way.’
The modernist heritage of the home is referenced in various details – the re-use of unique wall hooks, and a re-use of damaged glazed mosaic tiles in the five wet areas. The architects highlight the new timber batten lined staircase that ‘pays tribute to the mid-century era, and becomes a prominent feature’, along with the slate internal flooring.
The new layout enhances the connection between the ground floor and exterior environment, by adding an additional living/retreat area, complete with bar! Crazy pavers offer a link between the home and beautiful surrounds, whilst the bagged and rendered white walls, warm timbers and natural stone palette further this connection to place, reflecting the colours and textures of the surrounding landscape.
The interior fit-out also pays homage to all things mid-century, with a Lampe De Marseille wall lamp by Le Corbusier, Panton Chair and Entre 1B Oak bedside tables. By introducing vintage and modernist furniture alongside contemporary pieces, the architects ensured ‘that a home was created with a strong sense of nostalgia and soul.’