The company’s innovative approach to building, where the majority of construction work is carried out inside its Melbourne factory, delivers a range of advantages: ‘We view prefabrication as the ultimate means of construction for sustainable homes because we have more control building it in one location, there is less waste and no commuting back and forth to the site,’ Jan explains.
Weather delays and unforeseen complications are virtually eliminated, which means projects can be delivered on predictable timelines and for a fixed cost.
For the Phillip Island project, Modscape’s clients were seeking a quiet sanctuary from the bustle and stress of city life. Jan says that, while this imperative certainly informed the design process, the structure was also shaped in direct response to both the beauty and climatic extremes of its windswept coastal location.
‘Important to the design was the organisation of internal and external living spaces to ensure they provide shelter at different times of the day and year, while still allowing the amazing views to be experienced from within,’ he explains. ‘[The finished home] successfully allows the coastal location to be experienced in all its many states.’
The seamless transitioning between indoors and out is one of the home’s primary functions, underpinning its connection to the natural landscape. While the seaward-facing western elevation of the main house section takes the brunt of the weather, full-height glass doors span its width across the central living and kitchen area, opening onto the deck and the 180-degree views. Large panels of glazing were also incorporated on the northern walls to bring winter sunlight into this living space.