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Perched at the top of a hill in the Northcote area of Melbourne, the family home gives views of the downtown area to its south. Throughout its three floors, the architects have designed curated views with glassy window boxes that twist in turn in different directions, showcasing either the city or the adjacent garden. Using a modest footprint, the space is maximized with the front of the home being only one level, while the back rises to three floors.

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Floor to ceiling glass keeps the home bright, airy and connected to the outside landscape. The children’s rooms are off of the front of the home, while the master bedroom sits upstairs, allowing more privacy and a more expansive view of the city.

The home was designed with many sustainable features to keep energy use low, such as thermal mass concrete floors and a thermal chimney that sucks hot air out in the summers. The green roof is lined with solar panels, which help to offset the home’s energy consumption from the grid with renewable energy.

 + Gardiner Architects