A client tasked Sydney–based architecture studio Tzannes with creating a solution for multi-generational living in the outlying neighborhood of Matraville, New South Wales, Australia. The result is a sustainable dwelling with interconnected living spaces and seamless indoor/outdoor transitions that celebrate the warm climate. Bold in style, yet respectful to the neighboring properties, the home makes a statement that good design matters.
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The existing home on the site was removed, as it couldn't meet the client's needs for separation of space, comfort, flexibility, and access to light. The existing pool and expansive garden remained, becoming great inspiration for the new design.
Light-filled and airy, this two-story residence optimizes the entire site while creating an open and flowing feeling. Unique in program, the multi-generational home supports a variety of lifestyles while providing necessary privacy in an open floor plan.
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The parents' bedroom and en-suite is located on the ground floor, providing continuous accessibility all on one level. Additional bedrooms, a shared bath, a second living space, and a study are located on the second floor, providing a separate yet connected dwelling. This unique organization allows the family of two parents, a grandparent, two adult children, one girlfriend, and two dogs to live harmoniously in one home.
Minimal in aesthetic, the exterior of the home makes a daring statement against the bland surrounding streetscape. The building is strategically located on the lot to reduce its impact on adjoining properties, while providing desirable sunlight and privacy for the residents. Passive and active building strategies save cost while introducing comfortable daylighting and ventilation. Building orientation, deeply recessed windows, deep overhangs, large openings, external blinds, and the selection of materials are just some of the components that increase the sustainability of this home.
The minimal palette carries into the interior living spaces. Off-form concrete, exposed timber rafters, and white walls allow the colorful exterior garden and pool to shine.
Builder / General Contractor: Artechne, Angel Rumliotis
Structural Engineer: SDA Structures
Landscape Design: Kate Mitchell
Lighting Design: Light:Practice, Jovica Sredojevic
Construction Manager: Chris Turner
Hydraulic Consultant: David Wood