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Skin Box House by Mcmahon and Nerlich Architects

Skin Box House by Mcmahon and Nerlich Architects

Skin Box House is a family home located in Windsor, Victoria, extended and renovated by Mcmahon and Nerlich Architects.

Project description: The experience of being inside skin-box house is defined by three things; The diaphanous translucent wall cladding which encloses the first floor and filters light through these spaces, the stunning renovated ground floor interior envelope of timber lined ceiling / wall in the ground floor living area, and harmony.

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The client was aspirational and knowledgeable about design from the outset, demanding a modern interior that would suit his needs for corporate entertaining – yet with a desire to provide a cool and beautiful environment to encourage his teenage children to stay over and hang out with their friends.

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The design responds with a parti of inverted ground floor (timber-lined ceiling), diaphanous first floor cantilevered over, and a slender courtyard space mediating between the two, absolutely maximising the impact of the living zone, creating the feel of one larger space and filtering light through the translucent wall above.

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From the main entry, the living room is glimpsed beyond a vertical splice of stair, oak steps and sheer white walls, as the house steps up the site to the rear. The ceiling reveals itself as a horizontal overhead plan and is stunning, turning down at the far end of the room and masquerading as kitchen cupboards, concealing a walk-in pantry. Together with luminous bronze panels these define the dramatic working space of the kitchen. A new first floor addition cantilevers above the open plan renovated living zone with filtered light casting patterned shadows on its diaphanous skin.

Architects: Mcmahon and Nerlich Architects
Project: Skin Box House
Location: Windsor, Victoria, Australia
Site Area: 240 sqm
Photography: SuperK

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