Contemporary Hans House, Australia
The Hans House project by Melbourne-based design studio M.O.D.O. perfectly blends how internal and external spaces can create energy and movement in the environment. Completed in 2012, the contemporary home is located in the suburbs of Aberfeldie, Victoria, Australia. According to the architects: “We recently completed this new home for a young family of four, located in the middle of the western suburbs.
“The client’s brief was to design a contemporary Australian home which played an active role in their everyday life, rather than a static shell. Our aim was to develop a design which engaged with the rituals and the growth of this young family; blending the external and internal spaces.
“The unusual site geometry combined with the restricted northern aspect, moves the contemporary Australian house away from the typical floor plan. By running the house down the southern boundary, it frees and enlarges the northern facade, allowing natural light to flow into the living spaces. Solar passive gain is achieved this way, and the central courtyard stimulates an active interaction with the garden and inhabitants.
“Sitting above the ground floor is the form of a timber box, stretching westwards to the street to greet the large peppercorn tree. The opposing façade frames a view of Melbourne’s skyline. Internally the box is carefully divided, with spaces of a slower and relaxed nature (i.e. bathrooms and study) facing the tree, and active spaces pointed towards the city.”
Images courtesy of M.O.D.O and Ricky Fung
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