How does a young family moving into the the inner city from an outer outer suburb find a built solution to suit their lifestyle needs in a much smaller site than the one they are used to?
The need for extra space and the impossibility of building a third level didn't stop the architects from creating a space that the clients a spare room to be used for childrens activities. They used the typicallyt under utilised basement as an active room .
The basement was built using swimming pool construction methods, so as to prevent water-proofing problems.
This gave the idea of a "house built on a pool"
The basement walls are wrapped in a blue artifical tennis court grass, which is durable enough to act as a childs play rumpus area or doubles as a cinema when the children become older.
A basement with decks above at each end that provides filtered light and ventilation to below, while maximising available floor space on the level above.
The ground floor living area is completely open, the kitchen is built along the west wall as if part of the furniture and can serve to either end.
The stair is reversed from its traditional terrace house type location , making a more direct link between the kitchen laundry downstairs and the bedroom upstairs.
The balustrading is a steel mesh screen, as thin as possible that connects the 3 levels vertically.
Light and perceptional space are the main features of this JCBA residence, together with a great sense of irony and respect for the clients needs.