watson architecture + design: peninsula house
watson architecture + design: peninsula house watson architecture + design: peninsula house
feb 26, 2012

watson architecture + design: peninsula house

‘peninsula house’ by watson architecture + design, portsea, victoria, australia all images courtesy of watson architecture + design

set amidst the wild and rugged coastline of portsea in victoria, australia, the ‘peninsula house’ is a seaside retreat by australian practice watson architecture + design. the boundary between interior and exterior has been blurred to extend communal rooms, opening to the landscape to add more usable space. separate pavilions explore private and public living within one site, allotting one structure for sleeping and bathing and the other for socializing, food preparation and dining. their placement aimed for the building to read as one residence, unified with a single roof which spans the column-free interior.

structural elements and finishes were predominantly created with recycled materials. the floors, decking and timber cladding were reused from their initial use are seating within a sports stadium in melbourne. the laminated jarrah wall columns was salvaged from a 50 year old warehouse in perth. prefabricated the timber framing maintained their appearance while minimizing construction time on-site, producing the building components as the concrete foundations were poured.

facade of timber columns


dining + living room borders the laminated jarrah wall columns


(left) stair leading to the private pavilion (right) material palette

floor plan / level 0


  • This is poor architecture, exceptionally well built.

    efs says:
  • efs. That\’s an exceptionally poor critique. It took no effort to troll that. The architects probably went through hell and high water to produce this rational and rigorous house. You might enlighten us as to why YOU THINK this is poor architecture.

    ArcAlign says:
  • \”efs\”, if you think this is poor architecture your pallet probably isn\’t suited to this website, since this post made the front page. Please take your unnecessary criticisms elsewhere

    Aegir says:
  • the “architecture” seems a bit diagramatic to me

    joe says:
  • Aegir, you probably meant “Pallette”?
    A pallet is flat and wooden, a little like this house, and a lot like your comment. Please keep posting though, at least your spelling may improve.

    efs says:
  • i have to agree with efs.
    one thing that appeals to me would be the garage. can’t see it too much though.

    magic says:
  • I quite like this, the timber colonnade creates quite a pleasant rhythm, the spaces look generous and I love the timber cladding flanking the stairs. Terrible bedside table and lamp, but probably not the architects choice.

    The end elevation looks a bit underdeveloped in my opinion.

    (p.s. how was my spelling a grammar?)

    Simon says:
  • efs, I would argue that the rather vanilla and dry surroundings make the whole project fall flat. I think in the proper context this would be a lovely home; As a beachfront or lakeside property, the minimalism would provide a nice contrast, but a nicely forested area would be suitable as well.

    (p.s. how was my spelling and grammar?)

    Siafa Alvin says:

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