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The original ridge line and awning roof are consistent with that of its neighbour except for the skylights and steel framing which indicate the changes within.
While the house is only 160 sq. m. in area, a generosity of space is afforded by the fusion of internal spaces with one another and with the exterior. The lower level consists of a series of loosely defined living spaces with upper level bedroom mezzanines looking down on them. The master bedroom at the front of the house overlooks a living area and study while the children's bedrooms at the rear overlook the family room. In so doing the house achieves a clear separation between children's and adult's domain. The service core - kitchen on the lower level and bathrooms above - are located in the centre of the house allowing all the served habitable spaces to occupy the perimeter where they benefit from external aspect. The internal bathrooms are lit from above by louvre controlled, operable glass skylit ceilings which allow light and air into these rooms. A further 14 operable skylights provide air and light to the bedrooms and living areas. These skylights are electrically controlled and fitted with rain sensors for automatic closing.
In order to achieve the acoustic control of such an open planned environment, acoustically insulated perforated plywood panels form the living room walls and ceilings. The wall and ceiling panels are organised on a 1 meter grid system which is also evident in the joinery and plywood flooring joints. The extensive use of timber is contrasted by the structural steel frame of the house and the stainless steel stair and mezzanine catwalk.
The external spaces are designed as extensions of the interior. The rear courtyard opens off the family room through large stacking glass doors. A level deck plunge pool extends as a pond through a glass screen into the corner of the family room. The family room floor, courtyard paving and water level are all at the exact same height to achieve this seamlessness. Likewise a densely planted courtyard off the dining room creates connection to the outside while the front garden provides a car space off an electrically operated door.
By night the house takes on a different ambience with subtle pelmet lighting and up-lighting in the living areas complementing the minimal down-lighting system. The bedrooms above are generally wall lit.
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