Year : 2016-2018
Type : Residential – Knockdown/Rebuild Family Home
Size : Approx. 300sqm
Biophilia – Slate House Northcote is a high-tech eco home for a family of five that connects with nature, to benefit the residents’ health and well-being. The pitched slate form, reminiscent of the traditional vernacular, combines with contemporary minimalist detailing, bridging past and present : A re-think of the suburban house.
Nature, craftsmanship and environmental sustainability are key to the success of this design. The strong vernacular form upstairs, created by traditional slate cladding, ties the house into the streetscape.
We designed this house for our clients, a family with 3 young children. Our clients loved the block, its north-facing aspect to the garden, and the beauty of the adjacent parkland beyond the north garden. We had worked for this client previously, and so we were very happy when they came back to engage us for this project.
Broadly speaking, the briefing asked for a contemporary but inviting family home, that would celebrate contemporary design while respecting the neighbourhood and integrating well into the streetscape. The house was to fully engage with a holistically integrated sustainable design approach.
In more detail then, the briefing became about creating connections and good flow of spaces, while delivering healthy and sustainable living. We had long discussions on these subjects with our clients, and we talked about connections, and healthy and sustainable living, all pointing towards Biophilic design, and how a deep connection with nature such as that has been shown to benefit occupants’ health and well-being, including stress-reduction, and improving cognitive function. WIth that, we were set to embark on the design journey.