Light reacting with the surfaces of this house just like light bouncing onto clouds, that was the concept behind this house in Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Openings facing east allow sunshine to pour in, while a courtyard at the centre of the two sections of the building increases the flow even more. With the downstairs dedicated to public spaces, including a double height living area, the upper level’s bedrooms, timber batterned for privacy, are accessed by a staircase and walkway beneath a glass skylight. There’s that word again … “light”. It’s what this fabulous contemporary home is all about. Cloud House, again by Akin Atelier.
I’m in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote stalking a modern timber-clad urban fort. Just joking. I’m stalking a relaxed yet sophisticated contemporary home that is all about private and public, in and out, solid and see through. Link here while it lasts.
What I would do to be able to hire an architecture firm as talented as Dan Gayfer Design to design me a dream house. Like this one. Somewhat inspired by American Ranch style architecture with its picture windows, gabled rooflines and far-reaching single storey floor plan, the buildings careful orientation encompasses 180 degrees of views whilst protecting the exterior living spaces from prevailing winds that can sweep across the property. The views are part of the design and its aesthetic; they are not borrowed but practically stolen from the surrounding landscape to become part of the interior. This is Ceres House. (Photos: Dean Bradley Photography)
Still no internet at home. Still relying on my phone. Still making spelling mistdkes because of my fat fingers. Still in love with everything that Workstead designs. Woven rattan … swoon.
Take a traditional style home. Add a liberal dose of colour and pattern. Don’t forget it should be light, bright and lively and definitely have a youthful exuberance. The result? A wonderful family home, bright, fab and fun. Hancock Park house by Jennifer Culp of JC Studio.
Photography by Dominique Vorrillon