Mori House | MAArchitects + Aires Mateus

Mori House | MAArchitects + Aires Mateus | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Mori House | MAArchitects + Aires Mateus

Traditional Land Owners


EmAGN Project Award
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Neometro Projects
Derek Swalwell
Project summary

Nestled in the landscape alongside Port Phillip Bay, this house was imagined as a concrete interpretation of a classic beach shack – a serene place for the clients and their multigenerational family to celebrate beach life. Internally, the house is divided into four areas delineated by a series of voids.

There is an array of sleeping spaces – several bedrooms, a bunkroom and a tatami room. The living spaces are varied in scale, to ensure the house is cosy for two, but equally comfortable when the full family is in situ. There is a ready flow from inside to out, via large openings and a series of carefully scaled patios.

At the entry, a striking stair rises up to the belvedere on the roof, gazing out over the tea-trees to the bay. Materially, the house eschews paint and plasterboard for off-form concrete and natural timber boards. This is architecture designed to endure.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Victorian Jury Citation

Mori House adeptly reinterprets the beach shack paradigm through a cross-cultural lens. A singular crucifix gesture divides the corner site into four distinct landscapes varied in function and privacy, with an added pair of satellite bungalows accommodating fluctuations of guests.

Fundamental passive principles are exploited to maximise daylight, crossflow breezes, and self-harvesting resources from a roof-terrace to view ocean and sky. Robust in its tectonic exactitude and material restraint, the muted concrete carapace serves as backdrop to the rich looseness in beachside occupation and multi-generational living.

Victorian Jury Presentation
Project Practice Team

José Maria Gonçalves Vieira (Aires Mateus), Coordinator
Junya Yokoyama (Aires Mateus), Collaborators
Karen Alcock (MAArchitects), Director
Manuel Aires Mateus (Aires Mateus), Overseas Design Architect
Rachael McNally (MAArchitects), Design Architect
Rita Gorjão Henriques (Aires Mateus), Collaborators
Sophie Davis (MAArchitects), Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

GIW Environmental Solutions, ESD Consultant
Myles Baldwin, Landscape Consultant
Nelson McDermott, Building Surveyor
Neometro, Construction Manager
R. Bliem & Associates, Engineer

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Mori House | MAArchitects + Aires Mateus | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

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