This house in Australia was built on a small 133m² rear block in Highgate, 10 mins from the city centre.
The size, shape and materiality draw on other local historical buildings in the area, resulting in a compact brick house split over three levels.
The ground floor is a shared space, with living and dining areas overlooking a small garden area orientated towards the sun. The upper levels have the private spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms. The loft at the top is a open plan multi-use space everyone: for learning, playing, sleeping or even just gazing at the sunset over the city. An open, timber stair connects the levels and has windows for views, light and fresh air.
The exterior red Flemish bond brick was inspired by the primary school across the road, while exposed concrete and timber with large openings on the inside created a warm, light and fresh atmosphere and wonderful views across Highgate and the city skyline.