Modern homes can be criticised for lacking character, but modern doesn't need to equal sterile. With weatherboards that wrap around and come inside, dramatic double-height spaces, texture and colour, SKY/ in Adelaide, designed by PLY Architecture, is packed full of character, not to mention light, breezes and expansive views of the sky...
Set on a newly subdivided block in a gum-studded estate, this new two-storey home manages to capture light, breezes and sky views, despite being on narrow north-south site. The secret is a series of courtyards which give the home some breathing room and let in light and breezes while protecting privacy.
The most substantial of these courtyards is an east-facing space which is positioned to "maximise sky views, morning sun and passive solar heating to the rear living zone", explains the architect. Large bifold doors mean the home completely opens up to the courtyard, bringing the outside in. The outside is literally brought in with the weatherboards continuing inside, helping to further blur the lines between inside and out.
The home is brimming with character, proving that modern living doesn't need to feel sterile or take itself too seriously. "A blend of quirky and familiar, times and places, styles and forms, public and private, raw and refined, light and heavy, solid and void", creates a unique home full of surprise and delight.
The bold roofline, rising up to the second level in the centre of the home, is revealed internally to create and dramatic double-height space over the living areas. Upstairs the spaces flow uninterrupted with a study/retreat space overlooking the living area below and a bedroom tucked behind the bathroom. There's no need for doors because the arrangement of spaces provides privacy and defines each area.
With integrated photovoltaic panels, evacuated tube water heating, rainwater capture, thermal mass and large windows and doors for cross and stack ventilation along the entire length of the site, the home is also low impact.
By playing with texture, colour and material, this home feels full of life and energy. And by prioritising access to natural light, breezes and views of the sky, the architect has ensured the home feels bright, spacious and comfortable year-round, too. Modern homes don't need to be stark and characterless, they can be full of personality as well as enjoying the benefits of modern indoor-outdoor living.