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Long, narrow blocks are not uncommon in areas
with sub-divided land, so when faced with
building a family home on a 10x63m block, John
Lewis Architects took it all in its stride.
The brief specified the requirement for a stylish
yet uncomplicated family home built over two
levels, with a large basement underneath.
The family of five necessitated a separation of
zones into distinct living areas, plus the inclusion
of a guest suite for visiting family.
The planning was designed pragmatically,
working around the site constraints and to
the brief, while meeting the desire to provide
maximum volume and light. Strong emphasis
was placed on the visual connection between all
indoor and outdoor spaces, with view corridors
maximised where possible.
A central courtyard spanned all three
levels from top to bottom, assisting with the
penetration of natural light and ventilation to
each floor plus the basement.
The simple, clean design of the home boasts
a minimalistic approach contrasted with warm
textural layering of mixed materials.
Stone flooring, grey concrete dado walls, and
ebony-stained timber batten screening create
a sophisticated appeal throughout the home, from
the front streetscape to the pool and alfresco area.
These timber batten screens are also used in
conjunction with concrete-framed ponds and
clever use of up-lighting in the external front entry,
resulting in a tranquil and welcoming entrance.
John Lewis Architects combines the creative and practical
requirements of an architectural commission to create
elegantly designed homes.
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