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PHOTO: The sprawling 2,613 square metre pad in Mount Eliza started life in 1978 as the brainchild of the late architect, Kevin Borland

  • A seaside mansion designed by an acclaimed architect in 1978 has been upgraded into an even grander home
  • The sprawling 2,613sqm pad was built by Kevin Borland, designer of Melbourne Olympic Swimming Stadium
  • Current owners then transformed the imposing structure in a ‘very special’ renovation over the past six years
  • Spread across four floors, it now has a downstairs wine cellar, yoga deck and solar-heated swimming pool

A seaside mansion designed by an award-winning architect in the 1970s has been transformed into an even grander home fitted with every modern luxury from a solar-heated swimming pool to a downstairs wine cellar.

The sprawling 2,613 square metre pad in Mount Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula, one hour’s drive south of Melbourne, started life in 1978 as the brainchild of the late Kevin Borland, whose catalogue of iconic designs includes Melbourne’s Olympic Swimming Stadium built between 1952 and 1956.

The enormous four-storey ‘literally 90 steps to the beach’ has been given a modern upgrade by the current owners who have taken it to the next level with a ‘very special’ renovation, painstakingly completed over the past six years.

Standout additions include the installation of the wine cellar, an outdoor yoga deck and floors covered in handmade tiles imported from the ancient city of Fez in northern Morocco.

But despite these considerable changes, listing agent Ruth Williams insists the house remains ‘very true’ to Borland’s original concept, best described by his famous motto: ‘Architecture is not for the faint-hearted.’

This sprawling mansion on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula was designed and built by award-winning architect Kevin Borland in 1978, but the current owners have transformed it into an even grander home with a 'very special' renovation

This sprawling mansion on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula was designed and built by award-winning architect Kevin Borland in 1978, but the current owners have transformed it into an even grander home with a ‘very special’ renovation

Ms Williams, who works with local real estate agency Kay & Burton Flinders, told Daily Mail Australia the house is the epitome of ‘relaxed luxury’, a place where surprises can be found around every corner.

‘It’s luxury in a really easy living kind of way,’ she said.

‘The owners haven’t been afraid to use unusual colours and materials like the Moroccan tiles – it really is a unique home. You’d feel like you were always exploring if you lived there.’

Kevin Borland’s signature style is still showcased in the sharp angles, towering ceilings, exposed beams and bright open spaces that run throughout the house.

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