WHEN architect Jon Webber was approached by Byron and Hannah to design a home for their young family, he was faced with an unusual project.
Rather than designing a home that was sympathetic to the surrounding houses while still taking advantage of available views, Byron and Hannah's lot in Lakelands was surrounded by expansive vacant lots, making design choices much more predictive than reactive.
"Views to Munibung Hill from the bedroom were an early request, so trying to work around the buildings we knew would come later was important in getting these views," Webber says.
The 875-square-metre site is located on a slanting block on the eastern side of a new subdivision, making the pavilion structure an ideal design decision.
A pavilion design uses natural site contours in the construction stage with a bonus of reducing the cut and fill on site. The northern pavilion of the home is finished with vertical lightweight cladding, featuring shuttered windows oriented for privacy and light and topped with an asymmetrical ceiling.
This single story pavilion holds the kitchen, living and dining areas, opening onto the covered deck and offers access to the pool and grassy backyard.
The southern pavilion of the home includes a combination of external brickwork and cladding, with the second storey stacked intentionally haphazardly on the first to create a relationship between the southern and northern end of the building.
A balcony with frameless glass finishes the front facade of the southern pavilion, while glass sliding doors offer that vista to Munibung Hill from the master bedroom the owners wanted.
The southern pavilion is two storeys and holds the four bedrooms, family room and double garage, which is located on the side of the home for a clean facade finish.
The pavilion design is linked with an entry spine with a covered entryway accessible via ascending timber stairs that seamlessly become concrete closer to street level.
The timber underfoot travels through the entryway and into the home, with blackbutt timber floorboards lining the floors where the combined living, dining and kitchen is located.
The kitchen was designed by Webber and created by Grasco Joinery, with ample two-pack polyurethane cabinetry in sleek white offering plenty of discreet storage in the area.
A stormy charcoal cavity holds the gas burner stove, glass splashback and surrounding drawers, with the transition of tone from white to charcoal lending the kitchen a sense of depth.
A caesarstone floating bench with lip provides a stylish breakfast bar with a built-in double sink combining utility and aesthetics.
Polished concrete flooring travels the length of the area, providing thermal comfort and durability for the high-traffic area.
The deck is visible from the kitchen and lounge, accessed through glass concertina doors and, with frameless glass surrounding the pool, there is an unobstructed view of the exterior from inside.
Sustainability was a primary concern in the design of the home, including high windows that offer serene views to the bushland and hillside to the northwest, while providing plenty of natural lighting in the home.
The home is also insulated, while truss construction allows ventilation of the roof cavity, reducing heating and cooling costs as the seasons transition.
Roof planes fall to the north, a deliberate choice to allow discreet solar panels and the harvesting of rainwater in a storage tank.
"The two pavilions are linked together by a central circulation spine which allows cross-ventilation and natural light to enter the southern pavilion from the north," Webber adds.
"Correctly orientated and sized eaves allow the winter sun to warm the concrete floor of the living rooms whilst keeping out the summer sun. Simple stuff."