When this family of five approached us, they provided a brief for a hard wearing, grounded home inspired by European architecture that as a ‘forever home’ for the family could adapt to them as their family grew and matured. The key drivers for the project were that it connected to the beautiful parklands beyond and created a home that allowed each of them to pursue their interests and activities – playing parallel but still being together.
There is an element of fun that works its way through the project and is a reflection of the relaxed nature of this young family. The kids were an important part of the early discussions and they inspired the playfulness in many parts of the home. A half height children’s playspace floats above the entry with a small window to the street, a secret tunnel links two bedrooms and the third kids room has a park facing window seat. While each child picked a pendant light colour beside their bed, we drew the line at painting the house like a rainbow!
With lovely views to the natural parkland on the north, the home has beautiful established long views. The design sought to heighten this through the introduction of new courtyards around the home that brought the parkland right up to the house. Semi mature trees were introduced to provide distant and close views to greenery. A green rooftop garden provides the perfect space to drink coffee in the morning sun and enjoy the sound of the birds.
The home faces an optimum north-east orientation and the introduction of a central courtyard drenches the living spaces in the bright morning sun, particularly in winter. This also provides a large flat playspace for the kids near the living level of the home as well as the circulation for Adam’s vintage car that will move out of the garage once a month or so! The gardens have become heavily utilised with chooks, veggies, bee hives and a fire pit making this far more than the usual yard.
The tight footprint of the home relied on a simple interior that was hardworking. Soft concrete greys, spotted gum timber flooring & solid spotted gum joinery throughout paired with a predominately white textural interior gives this home character & warmth.
Yuggera & Turrbal Country
Green Care Project
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