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Australian style | Design
Newly created internal courtyards, timber screens and soft landscaping allow the clients of Schulberg Demkiw Architects to fully enjoy their
Melbourne home. The idea was to offer them privacy from their neighbours without compromising on the light, spaciousness and comfort that
a young family requires of a home. The abode’s three levels are connected via light wells and garden aspects, allowing the outside in and light to
fill every space, creating a calm, serene atmosphere perfect for withdrawing or work.
This home won the Excellence in the Use of Timber Products – Timber Windows and Doors at the Australian Timber Design Awards, www.timberawards.com .au .
Schulberg Demkiw Architects, www.schulbergdemkiw.com .
A cubby house for grown-ups, the addition to this
Queensland home is named the Living Room,
a standalone structure created to allow its owners to
enjoy indoor/outdoor living. Shrouded in plants, it
is designed to be low maintenance, recyclable, and
to blend with the landscape, thanks to a green roof
covered in native grasses. Hard industrial materials
take on a soft organic form, with natural colours
that gain a patina with age, and passive heating
and cooling in play. Recycled materials, including
hardwood, copper, pallets, plumbing fixtures,
concrete, toilet cisterns and more make the addition
a sustainable wonder. Spread over two levels, with
timber slatted, wrap-around bench seats and a mini
lounge room complete with mounted plasma, the
Living Room works as both a place to be enjoyed by
the property’s entire family or as a private garden
retreat. One end of the dwelling is constantly open
to catch a breeze, with the other able to be closed
if it turns fresh, using a small kitchenette and
a fire-pit to keep warm.
This home was shortlisted in the 2015 Australian
Institute of Architecture Awards, www.architecture.
com.au . Aardvarc, www.aardvarc.com.au.
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