This recently completed house in Melbourne, Australia was designed by architect Jessica Liew with a strong simplicity about it that becomes its most prominent feature. The square volume is heavy and strong, both in terms of its materials and its silhouette, with a large opening cut into its face that opens the interior to the exterior. Inside and out, this home features lots of unusual features that add a playful edge to this bold house design. Check it out:
Made of artfully layered bluestone, wood and marble, this cubic home is equally connected to nature as it is to a contemporary sense of style. Cool white brick walls peek out from behind the glazed facade, adding some curiosity to the clean, minimal interiors.
The pivoting glass walls are an amazing feature, offering direct access to the outdoors in a most unconventional way. Like installation art, this window (something that is usually made to recede) stands out as a defining focal point of this home. Behind the glazing, interiors are a more refined version of these same materials, with polished stone floors and the rear wood wall inside this living area which echoes the timber on the outside.
We love the contrast between the very rustic furnishings and the minimal, contemporary-style backdrop. Simplicity is the style here. Decor is kept to a minimum, limited only to the essentials, which are executed with elegance. The home’s main materials are definitely the star of the show, all appearing here in one earthy eyeful – brick, wood, stone and glass.
The living areas open onto a private courtyard with an outdoor pool casting sunny reflections dancing on the ceilings. The disappearing exterior wall expands living space into the outdoors while letting the sun shine in. A set of elaborately carved wood doors lead onto a long walkway following the length of the pool.