Concrete masonry units have never looked so good. A former knackery in the Trafalgar bush of Australia has taken on a much much more appealing use and physical appearance. On the timber deck technique there are two seemingly square concrete block forms. The forward form’s huge central opening is topped by timber hovering over vertical wood framed windows and the front door. All this glass gives you a sneak peek by way of the house and to the deck beyond.
Within you’ll find out that the lounge is reduced than the kitchen and dining spot. The open plan spaces are flooded with light from full height and clerestory windows on all four sides. A modern cast iron wood burner anchors the exterior wall. It’s a powerful counterpoint to the exposed rust colored delicate steel trusses that support the flat roof.
Up three room-broad wooden stairs lie the dining location and kitchen. The walls wear waist large white plaster and over that the masonry units are au naturel. Tall wood framed glass doors with transoms spill out on to the terrace. To the side a two degree rectilinear horizontal wood clad kind homes a bedroom and bath on the ground floor.
In between the dining and bedroom wing, there’s a small built in reading nook with its own full length window and clerestory windows over. The alcove, like the ceilings, is clad in full sheets of richly veneered plywood. Upstairs the sleeping spot enjoys corner windows that fold open to the trees outdoors.
Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Photography: Albert Comper.