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Designed by the owner and Harold Medd and
Associates of Melbourne, this property was
created to sit at the south end of a 60m-long,
north-south oriented block, maximising
garden space and vistas at the rear.
The house employs passive solar principles,
with a large two-storey glass curtain window on
the northern side, overlooking the garden. Large
eaves and slatted louvres protect the living area
from the summer sun, while bathing the home
with full sun in winter.
Little heating is required - only occasionally
in the evenings - with corresponding minimal
air-conditioning needed in summer. A 5kw solar
system on the roof powers a significant portion of
the home’s energy needs.
An open floor plan through the centre, from
front to rear on both floors, with a large double
void over the rear living area, allows full view of
the garden from all points of the central zone,
upstairs and downstairs.
A stunning helical staircase with white
plastered balustrade forms the centrepiece of
the central living area. This 1930s, modernist,
M.C . Escher-inspired design has timber treads
mirrored above and below.
The minimalist interior design is softened
by timber floors, cabinetry, skirting and door
architraves. In addition, granite is used for the
kitchen and bathroom benchtops, contrasting the
timber and the white interior walls. Shadow line
cornices and surrounds to architraves are used
throughout, further adding to the level of detail.
Externally, a large timber deck spans the
width of the house at the rear and connects the
ground floor to the large garden and pool. The
native garden forms the main focal point from
the home’s interior. A large grass tree in the centre
of the garden has been preserved from the
area’s original bushland habitat, dating back
to the beginning of last century. This is a great
talking point, and a subtle connection with the
home’s acknowledgement of the designs and
styles of yesteryear.
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