External privacy – internal experience

With the solid exterior of a Modernist concrete bunker, this private home opens up on the inside to an internal, elongated courtyard

Designed by FGR Architects

From the architects:

This home resembles a rectangular origami creation in concrete and glass. 

The ambition is a design of calm expression, heightened experience, and seamless function.

Concrete geometry and bespoke glass apertures deliver privacy and prismatic delight. 

An understated street elevation with implied, layered volumes realises a heightened sense of intrigue. 

While the streetscape view is largely private, the interiors bloom with a warm materiality.

A low-rise form contains a series of concertinaed spaces. 

Adopting the classic Mediterranean model of a central courtyard, the house thrives on external privacy and internal experience. 

Architectural moments of stillness and exuberance exist within this continuum.

Water as wellspring is the focus of the oasis-like courtyard. 

Reflection and water movement are contrasted by the monumental energy of matte and polished concrete. 

Muted surfaces celebrate a sophisticated rawness throughout, supported by the evolving dance of light, shadow, and reflection.

A restrained material palette, notably selected timbers and fine steel windows, contribute nuance and elegance.

Despite its heroic elements, the house transcends its gallery-like scale and functions as a series of beautifully proportioned living spaces.

 Flexible options for opening and closing interiors with sliding glass walls makes for an immersive connection with the pool, courtyard, and sunlight. 

Equally, the house can be closed down as required to mediate harsh weather and optimise thermal performance.

Concrete walls and overhangs are incorporated for shade and shelter. 

This design vocabulary of burnished, creamy, concrete finishes flows from the inside out, often appearing almost luminous in its sculptural force.

Principal living spaces radiate from the courtyard, whether fully open to the latter, or presented as discrete spaces. 

Offering serenity – with plenty of scope for exuberance and play – this courtyard home offers inspired scope for family living.

Credit list

Project architect
Williams Liau
Director/design architect/lead architect:
Feras Raffoul

Designed by: FGR Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Peter Bennetts

05 Feb, 2023

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