A Contemporary House That Engages With The Public In A Unique Way

There’s a house in Hawthorn, Australia which is not like any other residences you’ve seen before. Its uniqueness is in the fact that it was designed to let people see inside which is not usually something one wants. In this case however, studio Clinton Murray Architects and their clients had something else in mind. They actually wanted this to be a home that invites other in. This is a home that creates an entirely new way of living and provides a really special experience. 

The unique shape and design of the roof gives the house a graceful and futuristic-looking aestheticView in gallery
The unique shape and design of the roof gives the house a graceful and futuristic-looking aesthetic

There were certain limitations that the architects had to deal with when designing this place. One of them was a requirement imposed by the local planning guidelines which stated that the house needed to have a pitched roof. As you can see, this is in no way a traditional pitched roof design but rather a loose and abstract interpretation of that. It’s a sort of folded roof design created in response to the unique geometry of the site which is more or less triangle-shaped. 

The large glazed surfaces and open facades connect the interior spaces to the outdoors and actually let people see insideView in gallery
The large glazed surfaces and open facades connect the interior spaces to the outdoors and actually let people see inside
A combination of wood and polished concrete gives the interior a simple and contemporary lookView in gallery
A combination of wood and polished concrete gives the interior a simple and contemporary look

It’s not just the custom roof design that makes this house stand out but its openness in general. It’s a home that engages with its surroundings in a strange manner but one that suits it and its owners perfectly. The interior is, as expected, bright and open, with big and airy spaces and a shared common area on the first floor. The materials used include wood and concrete which are a staple of contemporary design. They complement each other in a really nice way and they keep the decor very simple but very well balanced at the same time. 

The interior living areas transition outside and have access to various covered outdoor spacesView in gallery
The interior living areas transition outside and have access to various covered outdoor spaces
The full-height windows bring in a nice view of the immediate surroundings and also help to fill the rooms with natural lightView in gallery
The full-height windows bring in a nice view of the immediate surroundings and also help to fill the rooms with natural light
The ground floor is actually quite secluded compared to the one on topView in gallery
The ground floor is actually quite secluded compared to the one on top
The unique shape of the roof allowed more windows to be added up topView in gallery
The unique shape of the roof allowed more windows to be added up top
There's also a really nice use of skylights in areas like this gorgeous master bathroomView in gallery
There’s also a really nice use of skylights in areas like this gorgeous master bathroom