Think of home design and it is form followed by functionality that comes to mind instantly. For some reason this has become the norm globally. Very rarely do people venture beyond these two parameters and seriously ponder over acoustics.
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.
Beyond the fabulous home theater or the spacious home studio acoustics take a backseat to visual design almost everywhere else. But the takes an entirely different approach as its exterior overall form and unique curved wooden façade is shaped by a need to keep away urban noise. Designed by BC Estudio Architects this modern residence in sits on a lot that is close to a road with high traffic.
The entire house is divided into four different layered units with each layer having a thickness and finishing texture of its own. Since the home was crafted to meet the needs of an elderly couple all the units are at the same level and transition between one section to the next is seamless.
The new interior of this family home in Melbourne’s suburb relies on a breezy color scheme ample natural light and seamless fusion of spaces where one room flows into the next. A variety of wooden finishes were used throughout the house to give the revamped residence a warm inviting appeal. Spotted Gum cabinetry can be found in the bathroom as well as the main living area while Western Red Cedar lining creates a fabulous accent wall in the kitchen.
Smart use of skylights and windows throughout the house along with large operable windows ensure that each room is well-ventilated even while keeping out searing summer heat. Innovative storage units and custom décor put the finishing touches on a makeover that is as charming as it is functional.
Balance between indoor and outdoor living is achieved using open spaces that flow into the garden and courtyard while the décor is kept intentionally understated. Passive solar design a rainwater harvesting system and smart energy management add another lustrous layer of green goodness to this exquisite home Down Under that easily stands out from the pack.