on arrival at the house, the entry is signified by a single full height puncture to an otherwise blank façade.
on entry, one experiences a generous threshold between interior and exterior, creating a charge of senses on arrival.
immediately ahead lies the internal garden, the garden must be passed through and experienced to reach the main areas of the house.
private areas of bedrooms, bathrooms, study and reading areas are purposefully concealed from interior sight lines, while the public areas in contrast are completely open and connected to the internal garden.
developing the built form as a single object, the architecture for this new house becomes a frame for the outdoor spaces, the architecture a backdrop for the family’s engagement with the garden.
stripping the building language back to white rendered planes, the front façade acts as a canvas, capturing the shadows and reflections of the large oak street tree.
in contrast to the modest and simple façade, on entry, spaces unfold, culminating in the main living, cooking and dining area.
the internal garden is located within the centre of the house, and one must continually move through it and experience it; not only guests coming to the public areas of the house, but the occupants as they move from the public living areas to the private areas of sleeping and bathing.
we develop our earlier explorations of the built form as a single object within a space, punctured by an internal garden.
connections are made between the internal garden and the space around the house, providing a layering of landscape within and surrounding the built form.
this approach aims to place as much significance on the landscape and outdoor spaces as any of the internal living spaces, emphasising the role of the outdoor areas for this family and their physical environment. the landscape becomes not just the surrounds to the architecture, but central to it.
by internalising the garden, not only within the built form but within the site, the garden is cut off from the typical rhythm of the surrounding suburban backyards all in alignment, providing seclusion and intimacy.
the design for this new family residence begins with explorations into both the site and its surrounding context.
early design concepts draw heavily on the prevalent surrounding typology of a house as a single object centred within a site, looking out to landscaped surrounds.
interested to explore the house as a single object within the site, we further investigate puncturing this with an internal garden, this approach enabling the new dwelling to turn its back on the adjoining properties, which are all in close proximity, and internalise the house to create its own views and aspect.
like so many suburban sites, this one offers challenges with its size and orientation, particularly with the front garden north facing. breaking the form centrally allows northern sunlight to enter both the site and the building form, without compromising either visual or acoustic privacy from the street.
by puncturing this single object, views are created through the built form to landscape in every direction.