The compact, interwoven family home

This modest home makes the most of a small section, delivering a snug family space that opens up to the sun

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Wood slats line the upper level of this home, in a contrast with the corrugated cladding

Architect: Zen Architects

From the architect: A rear addition to an existing double fronted period home in West Brunswick, The Nest consists of a new open plan living area and a mezzanine.


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A hanging light provides the focal point for this dining space

The client’s brief specified that the kitchen should be the focal point of the house with all family rooms interacting with this area. The solution came in the form of a nest-like mezzanine studio that floats above the living area. Underneath the canopy of a dramatic, north-facing raked roof, the mezzanine facilitates interaction between each room in the house while still allowing separation of spaces for privacy, acoustics or thermal comfort if required.

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The angled roof is certainly unique

The result is a compact, interwoven house that respects its surrounding environment whilst enhancing the passive solar performance of both the old and new sections of house and interaction with outdoor spaces at the rear.

Sep 19, 2017
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