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Cave House (2005)


Unlike the single person archetype this is
a family home and a first floor bedroom zone was required. The idea was then to invert the ground floor; its conceptual opposite the courtyard house became the first floor.


Not only was the dialogue between

the two types of house experientially satisfying, it overcame the onerous planning restrictions of neighbourhood overlooking and allowed natural light into the central core of the ground floor via skylights in the courtyard.


When viewed from the private open space the building perches over the ground plane like a granite monolith - from the street it acknowledges the large Toorak house imagery and typology but with just a menace of a Nolan painting.


Australian Institute of Architects

Victorian Chapter Annual Awards

2006 Awards for New Residential Architecture