This is a house situated in an eclectic neighborhood from Melbourne, Australia. It occupies an almost perfectly square site, with neighboring structures on the east and west-facing sides. This gave studio Matt Gibson Architecture the opportunity to focus mostly on the two remaining sides, the north and south-facing ones, highlighting the relationship between the house and its immediate surroundings but also the views which can admired from inside.
The house was completed in 2015 and was designed to maximize its footprint
The house is framed by a tennis court at the rear with views of the city in the distance and by a garden and swimming pool on the opposite side. Internally, the spaces are organized on two floors and into three main zones. The entrance is placed on the ground floor and divides the house into almost perfectly symmetrical zones.
a double-height entryway is positioned almost perfectly symmetrical at the center of the ground floorThe exterior shell of the house is made of concrete which gives it a very simple and modern appearanceThe first floor is cantilevered and forms a sheltered area in continuation to the interior spaces
Full-height windows and sliding glass doors open up the rooms and give them an airy and breezy feel. The ground floor features a series of opaque screens designed to protect the privacy of the inhabitants without completely denying them the connection to the outdoors. In addition, the east and west elevations are windowless for similar reasons. The living area and the master bedroom have direct access to the garden. In terms of design, the house maintains a simple palette of materials, focusing exclusively on timber, concrete and steel.
On the ground floor the living area and master bedroom extend out into the garden and poolside areaThe site is placed right next to a tennis court with views of the city beyond that
The social area is an open plan space which balances out a series of contrasting elements such as the black kitchen cabinets, wooden ceilings, concrete walls and floors as well as various accent textures and colors. The result is a very casual and modern design which allows the focus to be on the views and the owner’s artwork collection.
The ground floor social area can be opened up to the outdoors and has opaque screens designed to maintain the privacyThe double-height living area features polished concrete floors, a minimalist fireplace and oversized pendant lampsThe fireplace wall doubles as a space divider and is in tone with the overall minimalism design of this volumeThe extensive use of wood throughout the house complements the exposed concrete and adds lots of warmth to the decorThe kitchen, dining room and living area are combined into a single large space on the ground floorThe kitchen has a large stone island which also serves as a bar and as a space dividerThe kitchen is almost entirely black which allows it to contrast with its white surroundingsThe house fits beautifully into this eclectic neighborhood and shows subtle references to mid-century modern design