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 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.
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.
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.