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Hide House in Victoria

15 Mar 2022

Design: MRTN Architects

Location: Venus Bay Beach, South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Hide House Venus Bay Victoria

Photos: Dave Kulesza

Hide House, Venus Bay

Venus Bay is located in South Gippsland, a narrow peninsula of land with Bass Strait the southwest and Anderson’s Inlet to the northeast. Hide House in Venus Bay is located on the crest of a sand dune amongst coastal Tea Tree. The house enjoys views to the waterways of the inlet to the north and the grassy tidal plains to the east while turning its back to the strong predominant south westerly winds that are a common feature of the area.

Hide House Venus Bay

Hide House is a retreat from Melbourne, a place where the owners can spend increasing periods of time living and working from Venus Bay. However, during summers and holidays the home needs to comfortably accommodate friends and family. Guest bedrooms, bunkroom and living space are located on the lower level while the upper level contains the main living spaces and owners’ bedroom. The sculptural form of the house is created by the assemblage of a curved upper level placed on and over a lower rectilinear volume.

Hide House Venus Bay Victoria

The elevated views are a significant feature of the site; a mise-en-scène of constantly unfolding action created by the shadows of clouds passing overhead, migrating birds, roaming cattle and mobs of kangaroos passing through. Savouring the view with minimal disturbance was important to the clients and informed the design of the house from the outset. The home is an embodiment of the ‘bird hides’ or ‘look-outs’ in the local area that provide access to views of birds and wildlife while remaining concealed in the landscape.

Venus Bay Victoria Hide House

Venus Bay Victoria Hide House

The two forms are clad in sustainably harvested Silvertop Ash cladding, a fine shiplap board for the upper volume and a more rusticated inverse board and batten for the lower volume. The outside face of the arc turns its back to south-westerly winds and protects from afternoon sun. The elevated volume creates a sequence of sheltered external spaces and frames views through to the landscape beyond.

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The bird hide typology was again referenced in the centrally located family dining area. In lieu of an exterior deck that would have been very exposed to the elements and potentially obscure views to beyond, the dining and kitchen are conceived as an outdoor room that can be open to the view and elements with an oversized sliding window. The Spotted Gum materiality of the space reinforces the indoor-outdoor nature of this room and further references the immersive timber spaces and long horizontal openings typical of the bird hide shelters.

Venus Bay Hide House

All heating and cooking is powered by fossil fuel-free, highly energy-efficient appliances and heat pump technologies. The house is not connected to mains gas, sewer or water supply. Timber cladding is sustainably harvested and milled Silvertop Ash, which also meets the bushfire attack level requirements of the site. All rainwater is collected, ceiling fans and high operable windows create a comfortable thermal environment.

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Hide House in Victoria, Australia – Building Information

Design: MRTN Architects – https://mrtn.com.au/

Completion date: 2012

Site size: 2035 sqm
Building levels: 2

Key products used:
Roofing: Colorbond Kliplok, Lysaght, Monument
External Walls:
Lower floor: 125 x 25 and 75 x 25 Silvertop Ash reverse board and batten cladding, Cutek low-VOC clear
Upper floor: 110 x 19 Vertical Silvertop Ash Shiplap cladding, Cutek low-VOC clear. Silvertop Ash vertical battens
External Decking: Silvertop Ash, Cutek low-VOC clear
Awnings: Heka Hoods, 1500 x 600 Black

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Timber Lining: Armourply Spotted Gum hardwood plywood, Big River, Loba Duo 2K matt clear finish
Internal ceiling: Hoop pine plywood
Plasterboard, Paint finish

Terrazzo, EM-7706, Signorino
Inax Madoka MDK32, Artedomus

Windows + Doors: Aluminium powder coat black, Talum Windows

Internal Floors:
ArmourFloor Engineered Spotted Gum floorboards
Escape Twist, Yasmin, Supertuft

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ArmourCab Spotted Gum, Black film birch plywood, Black Granite, Woodbeast
2-pac ‘Angry Ocean’, Southcoast Kitchens
Linear 02 Spotted Gum pulls, In-teria

Fixtures and Fittings:
Highline Pendant 1800mm, Patina Finish, Archier
Ceto Floor Lamp, Ross Gardam
Ambience Lighting
Masson for Light

Integrated Refrigeration 800mm French door (RS80AU1)
Wall Oven 60cm, Oven, 11 Function, Pyrolytic Black (RS80AU1)
Cooktop 90cm, Induction, 5 Zone (CI905DTB3)
Extraction 60cm, Built-in Rangehood (HPB6028-1)
Integrated Dishwasher 15 Place Settings with Sanitise (DW60U6I1)
Washer / Dryer (WD8560F1)

Bathrooms generally: Reece Plumbing Fixtures – Sussex Scala Range, Satin Chrome
Bathroom Basin: Custom Basin, Zak Chalmers, Valley Plains Pottery
Ensuite Basin: Saturn Insert Basin 900 Solid Surface Matt White, Thomas Coward Studio, United Products

Door handles/stops: Handleworks Mornington
Cabinetry handles: Linear 02 Spotted Gum pulls, In-teria
Robe hooks: Half Moon – Spotted Gum, In-teria

Venus Bay Victoria Hide House

Photography: Dave Kulesza

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