PORTSEA SEA BATHS

THE DESIGN TEAM

Ryan Moody – ARCHITECT

The third generation to lead the Moody Builders/Seaspray Homes company, Ryan completed his Architecture degree at the University of Canberra whist on scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport playing Water Polo for the Australian Men’s Team.

Visiting hundreds of swimming pools across the globe while playing internationally and professionally for club teams in Greece, Spain, Croatia and Brazil, he also worked as an Architect in Valencia and across Greece.

Ryan specialises in design, feasibility and construction on challenging sites and has worked on projects as diverse as vacation homes on the Greek Islands, the $750M South Wharf project on the bank of the Yarra River to residential projects of all scales across the Mornington Peninsula. In 2010 he worked with LAB Architects developing a Melbourne City Aquatic Centre design located on the North bank of the Yarra. In 2018 the Mornington Peninsula Shire engaged him to provide a peer review of the design of the Yawa (Rosebud) Aquatic Centre which is due to open shortly.

MOODY BUILDERS – SEASPRAY HOMES

Moody Builders and Seaspray Homes are a medium size Commercial and Residential Construction Company based on the Mornington Peninsula. Since the family-run company began in 1953, the offices have been based in Blairgowrie. Their services offer both design and construction and are favoured by locals for the established reputation of both quality and service. With extensive experience and knowledge of the area, it is ensured their projects are both enduring and require minimal maintenance.

Moody Builders – Seaspray Homes

Address: 2867 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie Vic. 3942

Phone: 03 5988 8463 

Mobile: 0409 316 034

ryan@seasprayhomes.com.au

www.seasprayhomes.com.au

Instagram: @seasprayhomes

Matthew Bird – ARCHITECT & ARTIST

Studiobird’s Director and Founder Matthew Bird is an architect and artist with over fifteen years practice experience who embraces an inventive process of reimagining ideas, symbols and materials to create interactive multifaceted worlds that offer meaning and complexity. Traversing visual art, design, architecture and performing arts plateaus, Bird’s immersive creations are the result of a progressive, rigorous and highly experimental interdisciplinary process. Bird has exhibited commissioned works at the National Gallery of Victoria, MONA, Venice Architecture Biennale (Italy), Liberty Gallery (Brasilia, Brazil), McClelland Gallery, MPavilion and most recently at the Samstag Museum of Art (Adelaide). International artist residencies and field research have shaped Bird’s practice. Venues include: The Centre de Création Chorégraphique, Luxembourg; the Herberger Institute for Design+Arts, Arizona State University; and the Arkitektskolen in Aarhus Denmark.  

Bird’s practice Studiobird is an armature for his academic tenure at Monash University where he introduces students to speculative design practices, engages with industry led partnerships and realises a strong and distinct research portfolio. 

STUDIO BIRD

Studiobird is an award winning multidisciplinary practice based in Melbourne, Australia. Since its formation in 2008 the practice has realised bespoke projects in the fields of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Installation Art, Performance Art, Moving Image and Public Art.

Studiobird has been featured in Vogue Living, Architecture Australia, Artichoke, Inside Magazine, The Age, Art Guide Australia, ArtsHub and recognised with numerous honours from the Green Room Awards, Australian Interior Design Awards, IDEA Awards and the Australian Institute of Architects awards program.

Studiobird

Architecture & Interiors, Art Practice, Public Art Projects

Postal: PO Box 8120 Armadale
VIC 3143 Australia

matt@studiobird.com.au
Latest projects: www.studiobird.com.au

Instagram: @studiobird

THE DREAMERS

Everything starts with an idea and needs a push – after seizing a glimmer of an opportunity camouflaged in an email, we have run with it.  Sea Baths are something that the three of us have considered independently for years, without ever meeting each other, but by joining together we are all able to enjoy this journey.  Now that the State Government has taken all other options regarding sand replenishment off the table, we are looking forward with hope for our community to become part of a united team, fully supporting the final opportunity Portsea has to get a functional and beautiful beach replacement.

Susan Bissinger   Monty Chapman   Mark Grooby

Contact: Susan Bissinger 0414 305566.       susan@nepeanvoters.com

THE VISION

To see a magnificent, unapologetic and extremely functional structure that provides all the amenity of the once beautiful beach it will be replacing – just without the sand.  We are looking to provide a concept that not only carefully considers the site, the environment and the Portsea we all know and love, but is able to lift the spirits of all those who visit.

The demise of the Portsea Beach since the 2009 dredging is well documented, but it’s not until you go there can you fully appreciate the complete devastation of this entire area.  It is confronting and overwhelming to see the “we give up” Sand Bags, a run of “we don’t care” orange tape temporary fencing and randomly scattered Rocks where the sandy beach used to be.  We are hoping this concept brings back hope and heralds an exciting new beginning for this amazing and visually stunning part of the world.

THE STARTING POINT

Image taken at low tide, this area is completely inaccessible from the pier

Portsea Beach many years before the dredging, the new structure will have to compensate for the loss of sand on both sides of the pier – so prepare yourselves, it is going to be BIG!