The client wanted a house to entertain friends and family whilst still having the ability ‘lock and leave’ the it with his busy lifestyle. And in terms of an investment, he also wanted to maximise the site yield and take full advantage of potential views.
The central courtyard allows north light into the heart of the house and creates a core where both the kitchen lounge area spill outside via bi-fold doors. With the two storey void, this also creates a very secure outdoors space. The double storey north facing glass soaks up the sun and warmth and dispenses it throughout the house. The tinted glass also bounces a soft light back on to the adjoining two storey wall to brighten up a potentially dark southern wall.
A feature timber screened balcony off the master suite punches though the steel portal frame again creating a usable but lockable facade. The built in bi-folds open up to views over Claremont and beyond. The flying roof form provides shade to an amazing rooftop entertaining space (engineered to take a future spa). The roof deck also takes full advantage of river glimpses to the south, the City to the east and the hills beyond.
Given the narrow site, a car stacker provided the best solution to provide space for two secure car bays on site and is a valuable addition to the house.
Overall its a very clean and crisp house full of light and and a wonderful sense of openness and privacy.
Location: Dean Street, Claremont, Australia
Area: 203 sqm
Architects: keen architecture – www.keenarchitecture.com.au
Photographs: Dion Robeson