Sitting in a streetscape of Victorian style cottages typical of Melbourne, Model House doesn't stand out - and that's the point of the design for this new modern home.
Architect, Jeremy McLeod says, "The house really is like a stage, the facade of the house is the set which faces the audience while 'backstage', in the house itself, all of the living and working gets done."
Designed for a theatre designer and a drama teacher, the essentially open plan ground floor is dominated by a huge red velvet curtain that can be drawn through the entire floor to thermally insulate and create rooms.
The upper floor has two bedrooms, each with their own balconies and a bathroom while the ground floor has a lounge/study space plus the kitchen/dining area and a small TV room with a courtyard.
Model House is not a 'showy house' but it has an imagination about it with a great attention paid to detail; all of the windows are different sizes and all carefully placed to frame views, the mild steel towel and toilet roll holders were specifically designed.
The house features robust materials with extensive use of concrete, mild steel and recycled timber. All of these materials give the house a feeling of simplicity and understated elegance.
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