by Neometro

The Story of NURA | Chapter 1

Architecture, Design - by Open Journal
  • Nura by Neometro location graphic

18th November, 2020.

NURA, meaning ‘place’ in the Aboriginal dialect of The Dharawal People, is a pocket of land on the back beaches of the Mornington Peninsula named for the historical narrative and ancient resonance of its landscape. It is a place naturally divided by towering sand dunes which, on the interior, capture a sense of benevolence for man’s efforts to live in harmony with nature while, on the other side, amplify Bass Straight’s wrath and roar. The turbulent waters are a reminder that this is a place of profoundly changeable beauty and staggering endurance. This captivating landscape holds to a powerful sense of history and place. As one of the last pieces of land available for sensitive development across some of Australia’s most spectacular coastline, Nura’s shift into a new residential context is being gently shaped in response to the breathtaking and disparate conditions of its location.

At the considered hands of Melbourne development group Neometro, Nura has been subjected to a collaborative design inquiry process with a collection of global architectural studio’s that have, over the course of the past year, formed conceptual residential responses to each of the 6 land lots available at Nura. Through an immersive process that has considered the dichotomy of this brutal yet staggeringly beautiful natural aspect from a complex design and construction perspective, 6 wholly distinct designs have emerged. It is intended that they will inform and inspire future development considerate of the uniqueness of Nura.

Unified by a return to the charm and nostalgia of the ‘beach shack’ and its resonance in the Australian vernacular, each of the designs alludes to the blissful possibilities of a simplified life. Luxury has been translated as space, light and an uncomplicated built language that amplifies landscape so that the structures recede. Their significance is in their ability to support balanced, holistic living through architectural interventions that are cohesive, integrated and future-focused behind the scenes.

Robert Simeoni Architects ©

Robert Simeoni Architects has responded with an ephemeral design that enhances both the tenderness and roughness of the surrounding site. Amplifying the seductive qualities of the landscape, and the alignment of a pavilion-esque structure that hovers within the natural surrounds, a notion of impermanence has been appropriately heralded in a context that has witnessed eons of iterations of which this latest is but one of many.

Dune Cabin by Wolveridge Architects©

Wolveridge Architects has tapped into the social impact of the COVID-19 climate to lend to a design that nurtures the many facets of the professional and private life of future inhabitants. With a design that fits within the gentle natural contours of the site and is inspired by the form and materiality of Point Nepean’s gunnery bunkers, a passive and pragmatic resolution has been wrought from the inspiration of the socio-economic narrative and the dichotomy of the enduring quality of the natural environment.

Edition Office©

Edition Office has focused on an intent to realise a home with the least possible disruption to the existing conditions of the rugged coastal landscape. The recessed contours behind the dunes act as a natural pocket of silence and calm which is contrasted by the untamed force of Bass Straight ever present beyond. It is this notion of nature’s spectrum, framed as built ‘moments’ in a decidedly unfussy architectural response that resonates through design.

Aires Mateus©

Aires Mateus brings a novel perspective informed by the coastal landscapes of Portugal and the European idiosyncrasies that align with Nura’s beachside appeal. A tiered home that cascades down the natural topography of the site has unfolded. Beginning with a triangular geometry that maps the natural envelop, an outcome of interior and exterior space provides a wholly functional discourse distinguished by an aesthetic purity and geometric perfection that works in concert with the allure of the organic imperfections that surround.


MA Architects has developed a residential concept underpinned by the idea of discovery. Again, the landscape is the hero with a robust built component proposed toinvite connection with people and landscape first and foremost. Reminiscent of the holiday ambiance of the Australian beach house, MAA has re-imagined a home with the pragmatics to support gatherings of large families or multiple families. Break out spaces for quietude and communal zones for socially-led connection. A profoundly useful house devoted to manipulating and amplifying the experience of place.

Over the coming months, each design concept will be presented here on Open Journal. An opportunity to immerse yourself in the intents, resolutions and inspirations of each design studio will unfold as a way to inform and encourage the sensitive development of one of Australia’s most breathtaking aspects.

Are you ready for a new kind of sea change?

NURA Rye is located at 21 Avon Road, Rye. To find out more, register your interest here.

Words | Tiffany Jade


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