Westgarth House: Open and Breezy but Warm and Cosy Family Home

Westgarth House - Open and Breezy but Warm and Cosy

Westgarth House is a single-family home designed by Melbourne-based Ben Callery Architects. The architects had designed a rear living space that opens onto an airy, double-height void that’s carefully orientated, glazed and cross-ventilated to flood the space with natural light, warmth, breezes and views of the surrounding trees.

Project description: In an age where clients tell us their kids retreat to bedrooms and communicate with parents via social media, we strive for a house that feels more real. Real materials, real heating, real cooling and real family interaction.

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We sourced a diverse range of recycled, salvaged and radially sawn timbers and wove them into a naturally comfortable, site responsive home. This timber is used practically to create sun shading, breeze control and privacy but also imaginatively to create feelings of transparency, floating and seclusion.Westgarth House - Open and Breezy but Warm and Cosy 2

Conscious that the sourcing of discarded materials was a nest-like approach, we accentuated this in the detailing, abstracting the elements to explore the contrasting feelings of living in a nest; Open & breezy but warm & cosy. Semi-Transparent but secluded. Rough & tactile externally but comfortable internally. Over-riding is a sense of floating, perched in the treetops.

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The void is oriented for passive solar gain and draws prevailing southern breezes but also connects the living rooms with the semi-secluded first floor rooms including the floating loft-study fostering real family interaction.

Architects: Ben Callery Architects
Project: Westgarth House / Exploring sustainably sourced materials
Location: Westgarth, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Photography: Nic Granleese

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