The brief for this family house was for a home, which would accommodate a young and growing family from their toddler years through to being teenagers. It was important that the house had a series of zones and spaces, which could be readily separated yet interconnected with one another to create an open and flowing space.
The site was long and relatively narrow. In order to maximise natural daylight as well as provide an organising device a central courtyard was created. Around this the main circulation, family room, bedrooms and kitchen are organised.
The second key space is a double height outdoor “room” around which the kitchen, dining and living rooms wrap. This outdoor room becomes the main social focus of the house connecting the living areas to the back garden and pool. The double height space has a series of automated aluminium blades as well as motorised blinds to control the sun as well as modify the character and atmosphere of the space.