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Design with a spine

"This single story house is located on a leafy well established street in Kyneton, Victoria. Stretching east to west across the site, the dynamic double skillion roofs provide ample northern light into every room in the house. A central spine between the two roofs splits the house into public and private functions. Years ago, the client and Marcus O’Reilly shared a furniture workshop and the pair have collaborated extensively in the past. The longstanding working relationship between the two led to a very smooth, efficient and effective construction process, where both client and Architect were consistently on the same page. The clients ease in understanding the design intent, left time to focus on more intimate detailing such as the fine tapering of the roof eaves, the pocketing doors and exterior cladding systems. The home was beautifully put together by the client, who brought his cabinet making sensibility to the intricately coordinated construction of the home." - Marcus O'Reilly Architects

"Puts the some backbone in suburbia. A stunning contemporary home with attention to detail and a killer outdoor space just perfect for the Australian lifestyle. No more ticky tacky boxes! I love the way it addresses the site and the connection between interior and exterior spaces. I also really like the volume, it's openness and the simple relationship between living, dining and kitchen. It's streamlined and crisp but the attention to detail and finish take it beyond just a generic 'open plan'. Maybe it's the wall of windows, the expanse of deck, the solid versus vast out there. Sorry I'm waffling on but it is really good. What a wonderful experience to work with such a client. Oh and I have a serious need to have that bathroom!" - Jo, Desire to Inspire



Reader Comments (10)

How do you say, "I WANT!" in Australian? ;)

28 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLora Carr


the outdoor space, the flooring. love it!

28 Jan 2010 | Unregistered Commentergreybreaks

Sexy is right. I would be so happy here. As long as the neighbors don't mind me walking about the house half-naked! Cheers.

28 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRLG

A little too empty and plastic, I'm not so keen on the wooden floor. But many good ideas and smart solutions. I like the entrance stairs especially!

28 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ. E. N.

Is that Tony Bourdain in one of the photos?

28 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Amazing! I love how the hardwood looks like it's a dock floating in a sea of concrete.

28 Jan 2010 | Registered CommenterKiM

(Margaret, I think you left your comment in the wrong post)

28 Jan 2010 | Registered CommenterKiM

Too empty. Too stark. Too Dwell.

To each his/her own!

28 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

simply stunning!

20 Nov 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

Really thoughtful design. It seems like both inside and out there are simple planes that create space. Lovely!

4 Jan 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Wascha

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