#328 concrete house in Wolseley, Australia designed by McKimm is a cool contemporary family dwelling with a very private architecture. From the first glance, it looks very blocky and closed off, but the house opens up to its inner yard with the numerous glass inclusions.
Every room has a view of the garden and a swimming pool. But a wooden fence around the yard ensures residents’ privacy.
Its interiors show a lot of raw concrete, but there are also quite a few wooden elements to it. Public rooms have stone tile floors and only occasional wooden treatment. The areas reserved for more private use are more warm and inviting with their wooden wall panelling and plank floors.
All rooms flow into one another thanks to the contemporary open plan. There are virtually no doors apart from the main entrance executed in glass, and a sliding retractable wall in the living room.
Areas closest to the yard have a pavilion-like design, and partially open to the fresh air. Glass railing is the only thing that keeps them somewhat separated from the outdoors.
The bright wall art design that decorates the side of the building repeats in the living room, also connecting with the outdoor pattern. While the kitchen, home bar, and transitional spaces benefit from the framed artworks.
Although the house is very sleek, there are some design and decor elements that definitely catch attention. For instance, a pivoting round window in the bathroom looks like a welcome step back from rectangular shapes. And the golden metallic kitchen island brings an unexpected glamorous aesthetic to the pitch black kitchen.
Aside from the swimming pool, the inner yard also features a small soccer field with rare trees outlining the yard to provide views to the functional outdoor space.
#328 is a great privacy solution to contemporary homes that are heavy on glass. The outer shell does not betray a single view from the street side. And the inner yard provides all the daylight a house may need. It is an especially useful architectural solution for the homes in urban locations. Maximum privacy, yet maximum light and views.