Architecture & Urbanism



House 1: Blue Cave, White Nest

Toronto House, Flinders Lane MELB


In an ever-evolving technological world, one’s focus and engagement is increasingly concerned with the virtual. In my view, the very physicality and presence of architecture provides a useful stabilising anchor as a counter-measure to the virtual realm.

This design seeks to express this idea and transcend the restrictions of scale, program and budget. The project uses a modest client brief; add two bedrooms with en-suite to an existing linear apartment loft volume, and create a new space that provides a spiritual anchoring for a much travelled family with teenage children.

Ideas of permanence, anchoring and gravitas became important factors in our design thinking.

Blue Cave - A curvilinear vessel of space, the blue cave, finished in a fine, haze-blue venetian plaster coating, houses the two bedrooms, defining them as quiet personal retreats. Light falls into them through the formed spouts on the caves.

White Nest - The linear white storage wall, the white nest, glossily white and sleek, houses multiple functions: office, ‘garage’, storage, reading niche, bar niche. It also houses a small army of seating and storage mobile units on roller castor-wheels that are used to create informal flexible seating banquettes whenever required.


Client
Private


Area
375 m2


Levels
1


Status
Complete


Genre
Meta-Modern


Theme
Anchoring / Formal Dissonance


Award
House Magazine Award:
Finalist; Best Apartment, Unit, or Townhouse (2013)


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