Beyond the aesthetics the house does all it can to cut back on carbon footprint with solar panels that the power the house and geo heating and cooling system that cuts back reliance on conventional power even further. With a smart home control system and top-quality insulation the residence is a near zero-energy house that almost produces all the energy it consumes.
It is the top level that houses the large living area which flows into the solarium and the pool deck outside. The arrangement of spaces is truly unique with emphasis being placed on a smart indoor-outdoor interplay where one complements the other. But the balance of elements does not end there with the solid concrete walls and flooring of the upper levels standing contrast to the seemingly weightless glazed ground level!
Despite being constrained by the narrowness of the lot Sam Crawford Architects managed to etch out a cheerful and seemingly spacious modern home by tapping into the vertical room on offer. Original industrial elements of the home were kept intact and enhance while the street façade was left untouched because of the heritage rules. Exposed brick walls define the living area even as dark steel elements industrial-style windows and wooden ceiling beams are intertwined with comfortable modern décor and polished finishes.
The family wing of Watermill House now floats above ground and its dramatic cantilevered form gives this family residence a distinct identity. Apart from this striking structure there are two other wings that make up the public spaces and the guest zones.
The kitchen has always been the driving force that keeps the house running. But the last few years have seen a major revamp in kitchen design as it is no longer just a place to cook and serve meals. Modern kitchens are social settings that are being increasingly used as a bridge between the interior and the world outside.