Modern suburban homes are often characterized by a distinct lack of space both on the inside and outside. With space being an absolute premium the idea of an expansive family home surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape is a hard one to achieve even if one manages to muster up the necessary economic resources.
Nestled in the suburb of Australia this fabulous and striking Victorian home extension and refurbishment treads a similar path as Robson Rak turn an aged and dark interior into a refreshing relaxing and energized setting.
The structure of seems to be inspired by the petals of a flower as its four distinct wings spread out in different directions making the most of the available space. This also creates a spacious central zone with a sculptural staircase connecting the front and the back wings of the home nestled on split levels.
A central touchscreen in the living area is the hub of this ‘smart’ automation system which can also be operated from your smartphone or laptop over a LAN network. Add to this a clever waste recovery system solar panels that provide clean energy and passive heating and cooling techniques that cut power consumption drastically and you have a sustainable and ‘connected’ residence that would delight both the eco-conscious and the tech-savvy!
Different finishes used throughout the house include Western Red Cedar for smart decorative features a splash of marble to spice up the kitchen island polished oak that shapes the unmistakable dining table that sits next to the central kitchen island and rosewood timber that adorns the custom windows. Add to this the unique pattern and dazzle of the iconic David Trubridge pendants and you have a home that is both exquisite and exclusive with a refined contemporary sheen.
The key: turning to a semi-buried structure. The exceptional residence designed by OYO Architects has an open plan living area on the top level that sits just above ground while the private spaces are nestled underneath.
It is the “Earth Studio” that sits next to the entrance garden on the ground level with the “Wind Studio” taking up the rear and opening up towards the backyard. On the top floor it is the “Fire Studio” that holds the social terrace and a gorgeous bedroom along with additional spaces.