Modestly elegant with a strong architectural language the building sits discretely on the site, yet internally behind the solidity lies an altogether different architectural language. The three single storey boxes 5.8 x 5.8 metres (constructed of concrete and glass) are linked by glass to create the residence measure 2.8 metres high. The arrangement of the boxes allows no overlooking or overshadowing issues to arise thus having no detrimental effect on the surrounding area or neighbouring properties. The entrance to the dwelling occurs in the glazed link between the first box (housing the kitchen/utility/WC spaces) and the central box (accommodating the dining area and access to the basement level). Once entered the property reveals itself as a responsive configuration of skilfully contained views from the interior and manipulation of natural light combined with fluid, informal spaces which create architecture that has some dramatic moments but it is not aggressively sculptural. The house is complex and nuanced which engages people and allows the dwelling a character. The ground floor is made up of three main free flowing spaces for food preparation, dining and relaxing all focusing onto the northwest facing double height courtyard measuring 3.5 x 8.8 metres. This allows the property to take advantage of all available day light and much sought solar gain. The glazed wall to the courtyard side of the dining area slides back allowing an almost alfresco dining experience that interacts with the double height courtyard whilst enjoying access to the rear courtyard along with the lounge. The Kitchen captures light throughout the day and has access to the courtyard via external stairs. The ground floor exploits the intergraded use of outdoor living spaces thus allowing the house to extend into the external area, yet no overlooking of neighbouring properties can occur. Basement level is accessed via stairs in the central box and accommodated 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, store and library area. All habitable rooms enjoy access to the courtyard space allowing all to receive natural light.
Refined and composed the design exudes a calm thoughtfulness and a concern with the qualities of space, site and light. This well-mannered neighbour is a refined modern account of suburban architecture.