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.
But the creative folk at Seeley Architects had an entirely different vision in mind as they started to chalk up plans for the spectacular in Kyneton. Allowing the landscape to visually become a part of the interior using a glazed structure the architects brought dramatic splendor to this family residence with a sinuous roof that turns heads and evokes a sense of amazement.
The open living area with kitchen and dining extends into the modest private courtyard which ends up becoming the gathering spot for friends and family. Interesting wall art pieces pops of orange in the dining area and a hint of greenery outside provide pops of color with tall wall shelves offering ample storage space. A clever transformation that preserves the historic past of the revitalized garage!
The large residence was designed for a modern family with four boys and it is the rear wing of the house that holds the four bedrooms for the teenagers along with additional living space and and outdoor hangout. It is the entry pavilion that contains the main living space with the master suite above and leads to the kitchen and dining wing. All the socials zones flow into the courtyard and pool deck where the family can come together after a long hard day.
Its unmistakably minimal form relies on an effortless flow of spaces where the interior and the exterior become one – both visually and functionally. It is the pool and the central courtyard of the sweeping designed by Craig Steere Architects that steals the show and becomes the focal point of a living area and kitchen that doubles as spacious social zones.
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.
A large courtyard and pool area finds space amidst the three separate wings with each area visually flowing into the scenic landscape outside. Much like the form of the house its dark gray zinc cladding also sets it apart from many other residences in the region.