The aptly named Kew East House designed by Jost Architects is a new triple storey contemporary dwelling that aims to function as a multi-generational family home for the client’s teenage children, Timba the dog and older parents who frequently visit from overseas but will eventually join them permanently. The goal is to capitalise on majestic parkland views and to create a “granny flat” on the ground floor. Shall we go inside?
Inspired by lush native vegetation and huge eucalyptus that surrounds the site, the external structure has predominantly utilised a beautiful ensemble of robust and refined materials to envelope the house. The structure is situated on a complex site with a very steep fall down towards the street thus resulting in it being recessed in the slope. The banded fascias fold and rake, vertically and horizontally, braiding the building into the streetscape.
“With the park and Yarra Trail opposite, the requirement for large outdoor areas became less of a priority and prompted defined, and functional interior living spaces that always maintained a visual connection with the scenery beyond. All these living zones have direct access to natural light and cross ventilation with room to room movement, at the first level over the garage and internal granny flat. The private areas on this level, separated by a main corridor, include the master bedroom and an additional formal living area which can be accessed from either end of the dwelling. The upper level houses the two children’s bedrooms and a rooftop balcony with views over the park to the city.” – Jost Architects
The goal of maximising natural lighting and cross ventilation was admirably fulfilled and carried out in a high-toned fashion along with other vivid and eye-catching details which transformed the house into an extraordinary multi-generational home. A flawless combination of industrial finishes, timber details, and sleek furnishings has added to the quintessential yet contemporary look of the interior spaces.
“The thermally broken window system, passive solar design with eave overhangs, external sliding and fixed timber batten screens as well as a 4.95kW PV System result in simple and manually adaptable dwelling. Considering its generous size it is able to respond to the changing external conditions operating efficiently and effectively to maintain comfort for its occupants. It is a house that will also adapt to the changing demographic of the family and sits comfortably within its environment.” – Jost Architects
With comfortable understated interiors and robust external features that complement the light-filled home, the Kew East House truly feels like a multi-generational family home. Hats off to Jost Architects!
House Project: Kew East House
Architect: Jost Architects
Location: Kew East, Australia
Type: New Build
Sustainable Consultant: Energylab
Builder: Dick Reynolds Building
Structural Engineer: Deery Consulting
Photography: Shani Hodson – Zoso