This visually and physically expressive Swanbourne home is highly articulated with every form and detail delivered with sophisticated intent.
It shows you how to live large with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living areas and a den over two levels on a compact 10m wide block.
The home is anchored by 6m high off form concrete walls – designed with eight floor-to-ceiling slot windows which articulate the space, providing visual permeability and relief.
The upper floor floating box intersects the walls and appears to float above in deliberate contrast, further emphasised with a delicate lace-like mesh which cocoons the timber box that houses the sleeping quarters.
Inside, a circulation void – which measures 5m in height – allows open connectivity between the floors and multiple living areas.
A roof garden offers another surprise and delight and is accessed from external stairs from the landing within the circulation void.
“The roof garden offers views to the parklands to the south and allows for additional living and entertaining options,” said in-house architect Helen Marchesani.
“The master retreat is also positioned at the rear for privacy but still enjoys a strong visual aspect as it is perched high and hangs above the rear laneway with a corner viewing window, somewhat reminiscent of a modern day treehouse.
Privacy and zoning is also emphasised in the main internal living areas with dramatic steel fins for visual blocking between the kitchen and the entry, yet still subtle enough to enable an open feel.
Downstairs, indoor living opens to an alfresco lifestyle via bi-fold doors which is further enjoyed thanks to the private space being sunk half a metre below ground for extra seclusion and privacy from the street.
“This is not a subtle home; it is expressive in terms of materials and function,” Helen said.
Designing small lot homes to satisfy privacy requirements but also still have a sense of space and connectivity can be a challenge.
“The inclusion of the circulation void is a robust solution as it physically and visually links all areas, and the strong materials and form allow for ample privacy.