Studio Four's Ridge Road Residence is a sustainable home with a blackened timber facade set on a dramatic site outside of Melbourne, Australia. The home's simple volumetric spaces harness green building strategies to make the overall project very energy-efficient. The modern residence features open-plan living areas that allow for flexibility and cost-effective construction, while contemporary black and white colored materials create an eloquent interior environment.
As the architects put it, the design of the Ridge Road Residence was inspired to provide “a sense of sanctuary, enclosure and comfort.” The home is designed on a series of levels that cascade down the sloping site. This split-level design provides a connection to the landscape while also providing the homeowners with varied levels of privacy. The street level façade is modest in nature and surrounded by native landscaping, which helps to blend the home into the landscape. The residence is also located within the Moonah Links golf course on the Mornington Peninsula, and appears more in tune with nature by not placing the building on a podium level like the surrounding homes.
The interior of the Ridge Road Residence is a well lit by the floor-to-ceiling glazing that is incorporated into all of the living spaces. All windows and doors are double glazed with high performance glass to provide a sustainable solution for maximizing the daylighting. Most of the windows are also operable, thus promoting natural ventilation. Another sustainable feature related to the windows is the use of concrete floors and thick block walls to create thermal mass. forThis creates a much more even indoor temperature so that heating and air conditioning equipment do not need to be used.