STRAIGHT LINES: The architect who brought the Three Angle House to life was Christopher Megowan. Photos by Anthony Richardson and Elise Scott. Produced with BowerBird.
By ACM – This article first appeared on Macquarie Port News
The Three Angle House was designed specifically to make the most of the three stunning views available on the site in Victoria’s Mount Martha. Architect and director of Megowan Architectural, Christopher Megowan said the moment he first visited the site he was blown away. After all, it’s one thing to have one view on a site, but three uniquely stunning and different views is a special rarity.
“To the north, you can see Mornington and Port Phillip Bay, the greenery of Mount Martha Reserve and Point Nepean to the west, and to the northwest the Melbourne CBD on the horizon,” Megowan explains. “The decision to build the house around these views was instantaneous and the agreement was in unison with the clients.”
Owners Jo and Colin Turner knew they were not going to build a run-of-the-mill home for their dream sea change home. “We wanted something so light and airy and it’s exactly what we have got.” Vinnie Price and Matt Stonehouse from KabSav Projects were engaged based on their solid track record for producing exceptionally unexpected homes, including a previous successful collaboration, the Two Angle House. “We wake up each morning looking for that next challenge, obviously being Three Angles this had that challenge,” the pair said.
The main entry sets the tone for home and was intentionally sunk into the hillside. The entry to the home opens to a stunning timber-framed view across Jullul Bay. The warmth of blackbutt timber plays with the textural nature of concrete throughout, while a feature cantilevered steel staircase winds up to the main living spaces and the most elevated vantage point over the bay the site had to offer.
While unexpected but intentional angles are indeed the inspiration of the house, the outstanding quality of this home is the exceptional use of natural light. The spaces change throughout the day, as the sun moves from the kitchen and study in the east, across the living areas to a stunning westerly sunset over the private deck off the master bedroom in the evening.
Nearly every space is brought to life by the constantly changing canvases of the three carefully framed views. “It’s an incredible home to watch a storm roll in from, the whole sky puts on a show and given the elevated position you feel immersed in it,” says Megowan.
Jo and Colin are thrilled with how the team worked together and felt involved throughout. A key part of this success was how they proactively researched every material and product that Megowan Architectural put forward, which meant decisions were confidently made, and that work was coordinated and installed efficiently by KabSav. “It is fantastic to work with a client that is open and receptive to new ideas and is engaged with every step,” says Megowan.
“When it comes down to it, this forever home had to do more than just hit the brief and budget, it had to frame and magnify the lifestyle that the site so clearly offered,” says Megowan. “So to us, this Three Angle House is a true success and certainly a project that we were very proud to be a part of.”