Bringing together two contrasting worlds and a window into both majestic mountains and the bustling cityscape the relaxing on the outskirts of is truly exceptional. Nestled on a sloped site the design of the home by I/O Architects ensures that most of its open outdoor space is hidden from the street view even as the hidden second level beneath the ground level offers additional privacy. Much of the house has been designed to honor this delicate balance between smart views and sufficient privacy as wood glass and dark metal shape the residence’s inimitable exterior.
It is one thing to turn to the adaptive reuse of old structures and transform an abandoned warehouse or an aged church into a beautiful modern home. But this task becomes even more challenging when an old upholsterer’s workshop that is just 12m X 3.7m needs to be altered into an inviting contemporary residence.
Some of the most iconic buildings of the world rely on their roofs to create this image of splendor and extravagance. While might not floor you with its sheer grandeur it does turn to a series of cantilevered timber-clad trapezoidal roof forms to fashion a series of open outdoor spaces and hangouts.
It is the second level (cleverly hidden into the slope of the lot) that holds the master bedroom kids’ bedrooms and guest bedrooms even as one finds a seamless connection between both floors of the Pagoda House. A smart home that is both practical in design and fascinating in its form!
Even the best architects in the world at times emulate nature’s design in the form of biomimicry to create contemporary masterpieces while us more ‘ordinary’ folks turn to the many colors found in the natural world in search of decorating inspiration.
Another interesting feature is the cool combination of dark gray and pastel pink which transforms the living space into a chic and glamorous setting that borrows from Hollywood science fiction sets. Despite the generous use of gray there is a sense of excitement and energy throughout the loft and nothing feels mundane or far too sterile.
As is the case with many of these traditional heritage homes the homeowners of the Bundaroo House wanted to keep the street façade of the residence intact and it is the rear addition and extension that brings an air of freshness and modernity.