House for 2


House for Two is a contemporary cottage, low impact and sustainable. This house is totally urban but in a garden setting. It is a modern interpretation of the traditional cottage terrace house and the house creates a soft urban edge at the end of the street

The concept was to integrate nature into the architecture with two pavilions within the landscape, a constant flow between inside and outside, interlinking garden and courtyards with the internal areas.

The clear zoning creates an efficient plan, yet provides flexibility for two occupants and visitors The two pavilions both make use of the north orientation. They are linked by a storage spine, on to which secondary functions are docked. The clear zoning creates an efficient plan, yet provides flexibility, e.g. where the Night Pavilion can adapt with an en-suite within the study zone as the couple age.

A Day Pavilion and a Night Pavilion, linked by a Storage Spine. Our clients felt at home with traditional buildings, so we translated these points – high volume ceilings, the particular attention to detail, materials,  into a modern context.

The architecture allows lots of winter sun in on the north side. The heat is then stored in the thermal mass of the concrete floors which are specifically insulated against the ground underneath. The reverse brick veneer walls with aerated concrete blocks work in with this effect.

The efficient plan underlying the design allowed us to work within our clients budget, while being able to afford particular ESD measures, and special design details like the hovering slab.

  • Location:
    Northcote, Melbourne, Australia
  • Photographer:
    Rory Gardiner
  • Bulider:
    Millenium Construction

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