An unassuming front door conceals an unexpected family home and workplace which overlap without interfering and a staircase that slides across to reveal a motorcycle hidden beneath.
BRIEF The home and studio were to overlap without interfering and each floor was to have an outdoor space. The office was not to feel like an office and have three motorcycles concealed on the ground floor. The house upstairs was to comprise light-filled spaces with warmth, colour and surprise.
GARDEN FOR EACH FLOOR The ground floor was extended to provide a studio space while retaining a three metre planted courtyard at the rear. A sizeable garden is built over the studio at first floor to better serve the flat. A further roof garden is accessed from the master bedroom on the second floor.
LIGHT, VIEWS AND SECRET STORAGE Clerestory glazing provides natural light, solar control, dramatic height and balustrade to the garden above. Home and studio are connected with intriguing glimpses and reflected views. Concealed doors provide acoustic separation when needed. Innovative storage is hidden throughout; full-height sliding wall panels conceal the kitchen, and a staircase slides across to reveal a motorcycle hidden beneath.
SUSTAINABILITY Cost, materials and energy usage were carefully considered. Reclaimed materials, increased insulation, a high-efficiency boiler and alternative heat sources are complemented by a layout that allows for a variety of future configurations.
IN USE The studio’s dynamic natural light, tactile materials and courtyard garden make it an inspiring workplace; while the interconnected spatial relationships between home and studio continue to be enjoyed and tested by the couple’s two year old son.