Australia | 2017
H2 (House Two) is on a steep slope that leads to the Yarra River. As you enter the front gate a framed view of the river opens in front of you. A public pathway splits the house on the ground level into two volumes and takes you down to the pool and entertainment level.
The ‘lower house' (holiday house) from ground level and below incorporates functions such as entertainment, gym, cinema, pool, sundeck, spa and leads down to the river.
The ‘upper house’ (everyday living) contains all the family living elements like master bedroom, children’s bedrooms, living room and bathrooms.
Creating visual connections between levels was done via balconies, vertical voids that cut through the spaces and allow natural light into the house as well as a black form metal spiral staircase and lift.
Raw materials such as formed concrete, solid timber, perforated mesh, black form metal, and landscaping, complement each other as well as acting as a backdrop for the view. The interior enjoys a deep, muted colour palate and softness of textures.
The overall effect creates a tension between intimacy and openness, mass and light-weight elements, high and low, river and sky.