A Modern Beach House With His + Hers Wings

‘Essentially two houses in one’ is how Rosa Coy, architect and director at Coy Yiontis Architects, describes this Mornington Peninsula project. Titled ‘Seawind’, the house was designed for a couple of over 50 years, looking to live their best life in their ‘third age.’

Rather than compromising on details (as is generally required in relationships!), the house features two defined wings, providing each partner with their own personalised space. These two wings frame the home’s entrance, followed by a central courtyard, before converging in a shared living area. 

The two wings not only support each partner’s way of life (for example, one bathroom has an inbuilt bench seat and skylight, while the other has a sunken bath and garden view), but have their own material palettes. Rosa describes the ‘hers’ wing as being more prominent, airy, and clad in white steel, while the ‘his’ wing is smaller, clad in

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