A Breathtaking Coastal Home On The Tasmanian Shoreline

The Mays Point House by Tanner Architects is an exercise in robust, yet refined architectural design, amongst incredible natural surrounds. 

By utilising a resilient and muted material palette, alongside a subtle interior scheme, the house allows the incredible South Arm Peninsula environs to take centre stage. This holiday home is an understated and respectful response to its sublime context.

Sasha Gattermayr

Sweeping views out over the coastline from the kitchen. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

The architecture is designed to recede into the landscape. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

There are occasional splashes of colour indoors, but the interior is largely muted and monotone to set a backdrop to the scenery. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

Texture takes the place of colour on the interior, with tiles, concrete and black joinery setting a subtle mood. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

The minimalist vibe is at once soothing and natural. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

The house is a simple rectangular block, with the rooms unfolding one after another. At the end of the hallway lies the main bedroom, while two others sit secreted behind doors along the passage wall. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

A bath with a view! Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

The view takes centre stage at every opportunity. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

Concrete, glass and galvanised steel comprise the majority of the palette. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

Incredible light bounces off the ocean and reflects on the surface of the glass, allowing the building to sink further into the natural surrounds. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

The low profile house is a simply and respectful example of coastal architecture. Photo – Adam Gibson. Stylist – Indi Beard.

Sasha Gattermayr
1st of December 2021

‘The question of how to respond to an open, empty landscape is always challenging,’ says director of Tanner Architects, Stuart Tanner. And yet, in the case of his Mays Point project, he has answered it perfectly. 

‘The empty rolling paddocks shift and change with the sharp Tasmanian light and the atmospheric sea below are a stirring landscape backdrop,’ says Stuart. ‘The open, visible, rural location was fundamental to the way the building was subtly integrated into the site contour.’

Stuart’s architectural intention was to deliver to a building with a low profile, something uncomplicated and unobtrusive that sank into the landscape well. Crucial to this goal was a durable yet refined material palette consisting largely of concrete, glass and galvanised steel. 

Internally, the clients wished for subdued interior finishes, to again allow for maximum focus on the natural surrounds. 

Comprising a single rectangular block, the layout is simple and functional. The main bedroom suite lies at the southwestern tip of the footprint, while two more bedrooms sit secreted along the hallway. This passage culminates in the main living space, which is flanked by ceiling high windows on both sides. A lounge, dining room, kitchen and sitting space all sit neatly in this hub, taking full advantage of the view.

‘The architecture recedes to enable one to experience place. The tactility of the materials allows an experience at a micro level, while the scale and durability of the building give a sense of security, comfort and shelter,’ explains Stuart.

A precise take on a poetic structural response. 

See more projects from Tanner Architects here. 

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