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Location: Cape Schanck, Victoria Australia  –  Jackson Clements Burrows

Land area:     Acreage
Built area:     400 m2  (4,320 sq. ft.)
Photography:     John Gollings

Cape Schanck faces directly on to Bass Straight, an area prone to very strong winds and tumultuous storms.  This is reflected in the harsh landscape of native grasses and twisted and bent heath and ti-tree shrubs.  Conversely,the area it has many days of glorious weather.  Regardless, the view is never dull!

Cape Schanck House
Visual drama at every turn…

The home featured here is as dramatic and stark as the landscape. The home is elevated to take maximum advantage of the views across the Mornington Peninsula from Bass Strait to Port Phillip Bay. The home is built over three levels to accommodate the needs of a retired couple and their extended family, who visit frequently.  The primary materials are Spotted Gum (native hardwood) and cedar cladding.  Extensive use of large eaves shelter the home from the western sun and the northern windows have sunshades that minimise the entry of northern sun during the hot Australian summer.

The home has a fully automated electrical system to reduce unnecessary power drain, bore water for garden and pool use and rainwater collection to tanks for all domestic use.  (Town water is available to the site but the owners decided that the connection was unnecessary.)

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Another stunning home from the same architect is The Treehouse at Separation Creek