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ICON Architect Designed and Built
The clients, a young professional couple with a small
child, wanted a practical family home inspired by 1960s
Australian modernism. The design needed to have clear
separation of di erent spaces throughout the house.
Each area had to be designed to have a distinct use.
The architects from ICON introduced abstractions of the
1960s by designing the rear of the house with low-pitched
skillion roofs and open spacious living areas.
In order to create a clear distinction between the living
spaces the hallway was designed to run directly across the
short length of the site, cutting the house in half.
Modern interpretations of traditional construction
elements are seen in the form of clean, hard-edge details
such as custom bent gutters, commercial aluminium
window framing and sandstone wall cladding -- a nod to
Australian modernism and a defining entry element.
The kitchen and wet areas are linear in form and clean
in texture and colour. The main living space is flanked by
an o ce, which has clear views of the living space and
backyard. The rumpus room has a bi-fold door that allows
the area to be connected to or closed o from the main
The raked ceilings that cover the kitchen, dining and
living spaces continue outside with large eaves allowing
the sun to enter the house in winter and shelter it in the
There is a seamless flow between the inside and
outside areas with large glazed doors opening to combine
the two areas. The doors allow everyday living activities to
be enjoyed in the large north-facing backyard.
THE HALL was a response to the site contours, acting to
retain a 1.5m di erence in level from the front of the block
to the rear.
WHITE IS PREVALENT THROUGHOUT the project,
with timber flooring and select furnishings used to accentuate
the clean palette.
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