Photographs: Peter Bennetts Furnishing And Styling:Jacqui WhitingSite Size:337 m2City:MelbourneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter BennettsRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemText description provided by the architects. This project is located in an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and provides a response to the difficulty of designing a house to a client’s brief on a small block within a cozy neighborhood cul-de-sac. Our clients sought to respect the existing single level character of the suburban court by minimizing the visual impact of their double-story home. Timber screens were used as a device to soften the solid rendered walls behind and to unify the facade.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Peter BennettsThe downward sloping external timber screen compresses the frontage, giving the illusion of the house bending toward the ground. A spacious first-floor balcony, enriched with potted plants, faces the street to create natural rather than the built skyline. The balustrade’s lowest point faces the street, and combined with the sculptural entry canopy gives a gentle nod to the surrounding houses. A desire to avoid harsh materials prompted an environmentally friendly interior that uses oils instead of paints, polished concrete slab, and naturally oiled spotted gum stairs and flooring.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe design utilizes solar energy, northern orientation, cross-ventilation, exposed concrete floor, batten shutters and rendered brick veneer walls to create substantial thermal mass and reduced energy use while maximizing occupant comfort. Through an ethical and gentle approach, this architectural solution reconciles the needs of a modern family with a desire to respect and enhance their existing neighborhood. Save this picture!© Peter BennettsProject gallerySee allShow lessSBF Tower / Hans Hollein & Christoph MonscheinSelected ProjectsThe Cartographies of the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018Articles Share Northcote House 02 / STAR Architecture Architects: STAR Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Year: Projects Houses Photographs Northcote House 02 / STAR ArchitectureSave this projectSaveNorthcote House 02 / STAR ArchitectureSave this picture!© Peter BennettsCurated by Fernanda Castro Share CopyAbout this officeSTAR ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneAustraliaPublished on July 30, 2018Cite: “Northcote House 02 / STAR Architecture” 30 Jul 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.