Tucks Redux - Shoreham

Tucks Redux is a small footprint modern-rural dwelling on the Mornington Peninsula. It signifies an opportunity for the architect to explore and discover the essence of his architecture and to express that through a building truly of its place and time and for his wonderful client.

The project is a dynamic partnership between architect and client - a true "patron" and "artist" commission. In essence, this building demonstrates that good architecture can manifest only with the patronage of courageous and generous clients who appreciate and foster architectural excellence.

The building form derives from three key considerations. First, the undulating form of the land is woven into the building's startling roof of shimmering galvanised steel which also acts as a mirror to the sky and aero foil to the brutal winds. Second, the client's desire to settle down after a life of work and "make roots" inspired the roof that meets the ground. Third, an exploration of Australian rural architectural history was conducted - leading to a richer re-discovery of the seminal work of Glenn Murcutt and the ancient simple bark shelter vernacular of our aboriginal people.

Building detailing is refined, stripped back and seamless to accentuate the overall composition and building purpose.

Builder: Peter Drummond

Photography by Adrian Bonomi