Oct 28, 2011

Sorrento House: exposed concrete in unadulterated glory

 Exploring the myriad moods of exposed concrete,
natural timber & honed basalt stone,
this modern reinterpretation of a "beach house" at Sorrento
is more about durability 
and less about transience; 
the traditional elements of beach house design.
its large scale, but fine detail, 
mimics the wild and rugged beauty 
of the coast itself.
The massive timbers are from locally sourced reclaimed hardwood.
This is an area of wild coastal winds, 
but also sheltered protected bays,
and the house responds with a sense 
of enclosure and openness - all at once.
With a simplicity of form which belies the intricate cleverness,
this beach house exudes that sense of timelessness 
which makes one wish a coastal holiday 
would last for just a little longer.

Sorrento house, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
Architect: Robert Mills
Photographer: Earl Carter


  1. Beachvintage28/10/11 2:14 PM

    I love the big wooden floorbaords

  2. Annie Loveridge28/10/11 3:08 PM

    Not Sorrento, Perth I figured early on!!! That outdoor area is fabulous. I hope you don't mind if I copy into my files for my future back garden! Annie x.

  3. Hi virginia

    I love some of the features of this house but I am not in love with too much of the exposed concrete.  I think I would keep thinking to myself :now I must paint that one day" :)

    the splash of orange looks good with it though

    have a wonderful weekend lovely lady

    loulou, from hereiamloulou blog


  4. I adore concrete and the splashes of orange is defo on my wish list :) Happy friday Virginia

  5. I am totally wowed by this gorgeous home! Every element just looks amazing from the architecture to the interiors! I always, always love a blend of rustic, modern and industrial vibe in a home!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Virginia.www.mixandchic.com

  6. Heather in Arles29/10/11 9:43 AM

    Totally loving this house. Can imagine slapping up the stairs after a good swim. So livable and I love the concrete.

    Bon weekend!

  7. Virginia, thank you for this splendid house tour.
    This house is wonderful, love the mix of contemporary and rustic, beautiful find.
    Have a happy weekend.

  8. I have a thing for exposed concrete in design, the orange looks amazing against it plus the white. We poured our own concrete bench once, that was interesting!
    Sar x

  9. The design is inherently wonderful but mmmm, not sure I'm enamoured with the rough concrete use either. I find it all a bit drab. sombre & unwelcoming! Someone told me recently the manufacture of concrete is the dirtiest, most polluting  building process of all. Not sure if that's correct, but it got me thinking.  
    Millie x

  10. Mel@Georgica Pond30/10/11 3:46 AM

    Amazing twist on the traditional beach house - love all those amazing timber floors and that sure is one hell of a pergola! Striking.

  11. This is so so good! Thank you for sharing, totally made my day :) xoxo

  12. Undercoverdesigner30/10/11 10:23 PM

    This is a great design both exteriors and interiors

  13. Rachel Callaghan31/10/11 8:30 AM

    Fantastic for a hot climate beach house. Easy to sweep the sand off the floors here. Colours are stunning....

  14. Hi Millie - yes, pretty much right. Aluminum is the most energy intensive of building material production, but cement production is a dirty process. However, it really depends on how one judges it. Concrete is a very stable material, and is not the sort of thing which one pulls out and replaces quickly. So, compared with say, mdf used in kitchen and bathroom cupboards, and which are constantly releasing gases during their lifetime, then tossed out every 7 years or so, concrete is a much better product. Vxx

  15. Now that is something I have always wanted to have myself. I have specified them in lots of client's homes - but haven't owned the right kind of house (so far) where this would suit. Vxx

  16. Claudia Lane31/10/11 2:35 PM

    This is absolutely glorious...thanks for tickling my lazy mind on this cool and uncertain Monday :)

    Claudia xo

  17. Lovely pictures, so nice to see a not-so-loved material being glammed up! Thanks for sharing x

  18. Awesome pics.These pics are really gorgeous.Thanks for  sharing this post with us.I like this post.Keep sharing with us in future too.


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