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A collaborative effort between D’Agostino + Luff
Architects, Tallwood Constructions, and interior
designer Lynne Sheen has created this modern
family home that uses a combination of materials
to achieve its striking appearance.
The clients wanted a robust home built with
concrete, glass and steel to create a visually
impressive structure that engaged with the
street and took in the view corridors of the
harbour and ocean. They also required upper-
floor living, taking advantage of the elevation
to obtain views.
By considering how the block and orientation
would best provide locations for different building
uses, the right balance of exposure to views – from
both public and private areas – was achieved.
Following the clients’ brief, the home is
constructed using a combination of off-form
concrete (natural colour), steel and timber frames,
with commercial aluminium-framed windows.
The timber-and-steel framed skillion roof form is
lined on the rake through the main kitchen, meals,
and covered outdoor areas to create extra volume
and consistency with the home’s roof form.
Over the main lounge area the ceiling is flat to
provide a more embracing room shape. Polished
concrete floors are featured throughout, with
carpet softening the bedroom areas. The floor slabs
are heated using in-slab hydronic heating which
allows the home to be maintained at a constant
temperature throughout the year.
An internal courtyard on the eastern side allows
the bedroom areas on both levels access to natural
light, while maintaining privacy from the street.
Similarly, the covered outdoor meals area
is partially enclosed using semi-frameless
bi-folding windows to provide privacy and
weather protection, allowing use all year around.
Below, the custom concrete pool was designed
to wrap around the base of the building, providing
a visual focus for the downstairs living space.
The owners are extremely happy with their
completed home, and love that there is not a single
square metre of wasted area.
Using a mixture of materials to construct this home has created
an industrial-style design with a warm heart.
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