Cera Stribley Architect’s Parkside House takes inspiration from the iconic Mornington boxes that feature concrete bricks and timber batten cladding throughout. This lovely dwelling was designed for multiple families going on a holiday with its apartment-like division of intimate spaces and private entry points and a kitchenette semi-isolated from the main area, while maintaining a social atmosphere within the common spaces shared by many. If you’re a fan of the fancy holiday home sans the extra accommodation of that of a hotel then Parkside House is the ultimate getaway home.
The timber batten cladding and block work of the carport area provides for a dramatic juxtaposition of the exterior, giving the outer frame a playful yet classic Mornington bathing box form. This large piece of dwelling is a contemporary take on the classic beach house that recently made its way as a nominee in the 2018 Houses Awards for New House over 200 m2. Let’s take a closer look!
The interior space is flushed in white-coated walls and light-washed timbers that create a solid layer the steel and marble furnishing in the surrounding areas.
Common spaces hint a larger accommodation as chairs are abundantly provided along with long tables, perfect for a holiday feast among groups of family and friends.
Moving further into the intimate corners, Parkside House provides a private entryway similar to that of apartments. These hallways create an shift in the environment leading to a row of rooms, emphasizing the need for private spheres in the midst of functional communal areas.
Parkside House’s open nature and over-all structure are further enhanced by expansive windows that frame the living space, adding to the crisp detailing and curated interiors that make for a truly lavish vacation home.
Overlooking the outside deck from the living room point is the swimming pool where transients can take a dip in during hot, summer nights in the good’ol town. A sunken lounge area with heater is also elegantly provided, adjacent to the pool perfect for Havana-themed nights, no doubt!
While Parkside House is already a delight to the senses in daytime, at night, it takes a whole new shape of luxurious sight as the interior lighting illuminates throughout the exterior from the windows. The generous glass work in this contemporary home provides not only a functional purpose of creating an expansive appeal to the interiors and provide abundant supply of daylight, but it also adds to the exterior aesthetics as soon as the sun begins to set and lights are turn on from the inside.
Just when you think a five-star hotel accommodation is the best way to spend a vacation, you stumble upon a unique dwelling like Parkside House that will simply take your breath away.
Photography by Emily Bartlett.