Local House is home to a couple who love art, travelling and appreciate good design. They have four adult children, recently became grandparents, and wanted a house where their family could comfortably visit and stay.
Designed for aging in place, their new single-storey home is accessible and mobility-friendly. The planning separates private, public and guest spaces – allowing the house to expand and contract with visiting family members – and is interwoven with outdoor and landscaped areas.
We selected a robust and tactile material palette to integrate the house within its setting, helping connect the building to the site and the garden weaving inside and out. These natural, recycled and sustainable materials – sourced almost entirely from within Victoria – will age gracefully, minimising maintenance and contributing to healthy interiors. Carefully placed windows optimise light and ventilation for passive solar design, and the landscape will grow in, around and over the house with time.
Madeleine Ingham, Graduate of Architecture
Riccardo Zen, Design Architect
Sanderson Bell, Graduate of Architecture
Efficiency Matrix, ESD Consultant
Floyd Energy, ESD Consultant
Metro Building Surveying, Building Surveyor
OPS Engineers, Structural Engineer