Paperback House by Ben Callery Architects

Paperback House by Ben Callery Architects

Project: Paperback House
Architects: Ben Callery Architects
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Project size: 206 m2
Completion date: 2019
Photo Credits: Derek Swalwell
Text by Ben Callery Architects

Paperback house enables a family of four including two publishers who frequently work from home to live, work relax and play connected with each other and the environment. The architectural protagonist is the bookshelf that celebrates their literary vocation at the centre of the house. Double sided and semi-transparent it connects their Library/Study with the Living rooms adjacent and Rumpus room above connecting the occupants while allowing selective seclusion.

Paperback House by Ben Callery Architects

The overlapping spaces allows a very compact footprint essential for this relatively small block and a more sustainable use of resources in manufacture and occupation. The layout encourages interaction with the elements for natural comfort and wellbeing. The ground level is open and transparent, flowing outside encouraging play while making the spaces feel larger than the modest footprint.

dining area, Ben Callery Architects

The floating upper level by contrast is solid and opaque, carved from charred black hardwood. It responds to a different context requiring privacy and shade. Its form cantilevers to provide summer shade to rooms below while letting in low winter sun. Inside translucent surfaces attenuate glare while maintaining the benefits of passive solar gain. Reflective surfaces accentuate his soft light and combined with natural materials create a clam relaxing ambience perfect for reading whether professionally or relaxing.



living room, Ben Callery Architects

kitchen, Ben Callery Architects

Paperback House by Ben Callery Architects

home office, Ben Callery Architects

bathroom, Ben Callery Architects

Paperback House by Ben Callery Architects

Paperback House by Ben Callery Architects

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