Large glass doors connect the interior with the outdoors even as passive solar design and a nifty pergola keep out searing hot on summer days. Photovoltaic panels LED lighting and double glazing put the final energy-efficient touches on this exquisite contemporary home.
The fascinating journey into this beautiful house starts with the lowest level that holds the garage entry and a lovely garden along with private spaces that are cleverly hidden from public view. Step above to the first floor and you will find the open dining area and kitchen that are once again connected with the garden.
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.
It is barely a surprise that wooden slats and movable wooden panels are being increasingly used to revamp existing homes and breathe an air of freshness into new structures. Wood not only adds warmth to the façade of the house and gives it a distinct identity but also helps improve the passive solar capabilities of a home while regulating the ventilation within. It is one such transformation that one comes across at the in Australia as a classic federation house is given a cheerful modern ambiance and a smart top level addition.
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!
The entire prefab was built off-site in a factory in the capital and brought to Pueblo Eden as two individual units. Putting it all together did not take much time at all. Saving cost resources and making construction of homes a lot easier in remote locations the creative prefab does not compromise on aesthetics whatsoever. Its beautiful wooden exterior and timber interior feels both modern and inviting even as the stone walls it sits on minimize environmental impact.
A large garage is the main feature around which the rest of the house revolves even as a cool wine cellar and furniture workshop make up the ground level. Beyond functionality it is the dark charred cedar siding that stands out visually here as the exterior exudes a minimal organic vibe.