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After studies on this 588sqm lot, with a fall of
3.5 metres from front to back, it was discovered
there were unexpected views to the east from
The outlook extended over the trees to invite
the morning sun, and also provided protection
from prevailing wind, making the east side ideal
for the outdoor living space. This area became the
focus of the internal-living floor plan.
The clients’ brief called for a family home with
an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, two
living spaces, a pool, and a garden area for young
kids. They wanted a light and bright contemporary
home with a relaxed feel, and for the house to have
Working with the fall of the land, Sam Teoh
Architects proposed a two-storey house, which
appeared single-storey from the street, with
a second, lower level beneath. An elevated bridge
leading directly to the front door delivers the guest
into the middle of the house without internal
passages. The slightly elevated upper level gives
a better aspect and the required street presence.
Rational planning dictated the division of the
two levels into separate zones – living, outdoor,
sleeping, and service and transitional zones. This
orientation would create better flow and efficient
running of services.
The upper level has the open-plan family
living area, a large room with north and
east aspects overlooking the pool/garden and
treetops beyond. The adjacent alfresco balcony
has a similar outlook.
The master bedroom is located to the west,
away from the general living area. Together with
the study, it forms the parents’ zone.
Stairs behind a floating wall lead to the lower
level containing the children’s bedrooms, another
living area, and services. The children’s bedrooms
have direct access to private courtyards.
The lower living area opens to the alfresco,
seamlessly expanding to a large entertainment
area when the concertina doors are opened.
An attractive stonewall bench seat defines the
extremities of this indoor/outdoor room, while
the pool and garden complete the exterior
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