New South Wales
Draped House does not aspire to be an extraordinary work of architecture. Instead, it is a lean and reductive home that reimagines simple suburban living. It is deliberately efficient and economical, providing robust and flexible spaces, ample natural light and ventilation, and considered moments of architectural delight. The result is a humble three-bedroom home, measuring just 129sqm.
Draped House is defined by its gracefully curving roof, which mimics the sloping site. To offset the compact home, the ceiling is triumphant and billowing, welcoming soft sunlight and glimpsing neighbouring trees. Passive design principles are employed and solar panels, induction cooking and a heat pump mean the home is all-electric. Draped House is a prototype for how we could design our suburbs differently, returning to more attainable form of residential architecture. It reminds us that the suburban home doesn’t need to extend to its limits, nor be built to meet current conventions.