It is the use of concrete and metal that significantly reduce construction costs along with innovative building techniques and a predisposition towards minimalism.
The central idea behind the design conjured up by KEM STUDIO was to create a relaxing and nature-centric hub that allows the homeowners to leave behind their hectic urban life. It is essentially a house that has the aura of a ‘serene second home’!
Adding another layer of intrigue to the apartment is the use of uncovered thermo-clay bricks in the living area and plasterboard in the bedrooms; giving the new home plenty of visual contrast.
At the far end lies the third volume of the house that contains the patio along with a double height glass dome that aids in air circulation. Large indoor plants a pebble garden and spacious gathering zones complete the lower level with the second floor containing the bedrooms and other private spaces. A perfect interaction of indoor and outdoor design elements draped in a glassy sheen!
It is the top floor that serves as the private zone with the master bedroom bathroom and study. With a constant view of the living area below both the levels at the Sussex Street House feel connected at all times. The high ceiling living area also keeps out excessive heat on scorching summer days making the residence energy-efficient as well.
It is a large wooden volume that holds the expansive and double-height public areas of the house and a white stucco structure behind it that contains the private spaces. Wood plays a major role in shaping the contemporary aesthetics of the house on the outside and inside.
The house has been arranged in two different planes with the lower level containing the living area kitchen and dining. A long covered corridor connects the central courtyard of the residence with the garden and provides a sheltered and illuminated walkway that feels magical.