Reflecting the owners’ lifestyle, this Australian house is playful, open and a bit unusual. The project of MAKE architects was meant to be robust and durable so to take the knocks of a family life and without being fragile it turned out to be flexible and artistic.
The off-form concrete that gives the heavy base to the architectural construct is playfully combined with decorative timber screen that forms the gable roof and hosts the master bedroom in one unique and full with light space. Throughout the house concrete is used to form durable shapes and surfaces like integral seats, benches, stairs and it’s surrounded by other playful and dynamic shapes and textures that bring uniqueness and memorable appearance to this family home. The overall concept of the design is to encourage social interaction and join – family time so the kitchen/dining spaces open dialogically to the backyard and the whole space arrangement feels more like being in a garden pavilion than in the interior of a house.
For the interior solutions, the architects continue the line of dynamic interaction, surprising solutions and whimsy moments. Using whiteboard paint for the wall of the entrance the designers turn this surface into a family noticeboard space were neon markers on a black canvas create modern ambiance with alluded feeling of a local cafe space. The floating staircase as a spatial divider, bookcase, and yin and yang allusion is clearly a great focal point and bespoke addition to the interior. The occasional splashes of intense yellow color that additionally vitalize the premises are like a signature, mark and a thread that follows throughout the house. The dynamic and contemporary furniture and lamps solutions are also noteworthy … Each and every small detail of this amazing family home deserves attention. So better take a look and enjoy it! Photographs: Peter Bennetts