Australian architecture studio M.O.D.O (Michael Ong Design Office) designed this brilliant home which surrounds a central landscaped backyard in Aberfeldie, Victoria. Dubbed Hans-house, the project offers a living area where residents can move freely and easily between the internal and external spaces. The garden is thus a primary component of the design and has a strong presence at the heart of the structure - the open area creates a fluid space that connects the rooms.
A timber box rests atop the ground floor, giving the home a cool angular shape. The living room opens out onto the backyard, which is separated by a large glass sliding door and a step which doubles as a timber-clad seat for the family to use. As the space has a lot of solar access in summer months, the studio created an area that can be protected from the sun using curtains, which also help contain heat in the winter.
The backyard turns into a small courtyard towards the east of the site, and a raised deck helps to delineate two different zones. The courtyard is largely sheltered from the summer sun by a wall to the north and the upper floors. The house’s dynamic indoor spaces face a large peppercorn tree on the street, which helps to shelter the house behind its foliage.
Images courtesy of M.O.D.O and Ricky Fung