Tucked into a pretty typical suburban backyard about 20 kilometres south-west of Sydney is this striking house of contrasting black and white with touches of warming timber. Not at all what you expect to find out back! The contrasting black, white and timber elements designed by Grafika create an exciting and dynamic home in-spite of its compact size...
"The client wanted an additional house toward the back of an existing residential dwelling. As part of the brief, we had to incorporate a full kitchen, laundry, bath, bedroom, home office, audio studio, work studio and an open living/dining area." - Grafika
Grafika designed the new home with a connection to the existing yard to the west, while also incorporating windows to maximise natural light in the living area. The west facing windows have deep angled reveals which create a clear entry and provide necessary sun protection.
"The concept of the project began with taking a ‘block’ and then manipulating it into its setting by way of positive and negative protrusions." The contrasting black and white angles in a graphic and dynamic style express the creative spirit of its owner. Inside the lines between floor, wall and ceiling are blurred, creating an intriguing and exciting space.
Inside the layout is designed with the living areas and kitchen overlooking the courtyard space. The two studio spaces are seperate to the main living area to establish different work/home areas.
The home is very thermally efficient. The thermal efficiency starts with the COLORBOND® steel used on the facade, has a very low solar absorbance, so it stays cooler in summer. The walls use a double layer of insulation - glass wool and styroboard EPS. When combined with uPVC double glazed windows the home has a very well-insulated envelope.
House 33.2 becomes almost like a sculpture in this typical Australian backyard. Moving through the home is exciting as the highly contrasting angles play on your perceptions. It's the perfect home/studio for its creative client.