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Michael McKenna - Works


This is a new single family house located on a corner lot in a single storey suburban area. The design responds to planning controls for open space, building envelopes, heights, set backs and maintains established gardens and mature trees, yet fulfilling the client brief for a unique family home.

A dual level design separates functional zones with ground floor living and garage areas and upper floor sleeping areas. The levels are interconnected by two voids providing a seamlessness transition of interior space. The ground floor living areas are open plan integrating family with living, kitchen and dining.

The architecture has a classic modernist profile emphasised with white cubic elements, and oversailing roof / balcony in mixture of wood, metal and render. The interior has a neutral white plaster background and timber floors that provide a neutral contrast to the client’s collection of Javanese timber fitments and furniture. Timber is used extensively for both structure and finish and was a key strategy for delivering the house on budget where crafted carpenter’s detailing prevails.

Stage: Construction complete.

Timeline: 2004-08