Kooyongkoot Road Residence is a minimal home located in Hawthorn, Australia, designed by B.E Architecture. The three-story house features a compact design situated on a smaller site with two north-facing courtyards. Planted gardens along the outdoor terraces create privacy from neighboring properties. The gardens also intersect with the building to create verdant views from all the internal spaces so that the urban property feels surrounded by nature.
The material palette was a response to the client’s brief for a clean aesthetic and bright internal spaces. The design follows a series of black metal details with the front façade wrapped in metal cladding, meeting a thin window detail. Black steel windows punctuate around the building, and similar details are assimilated throughout the interior spaces, integrated into the kitchen, and outline living room joinery.
Behind a thin black steel gate, a staged entry to the house brings one through a planted path to the large pivot door at the entry – also clad in black metal. A skylight draws one up the steps into the house. This sets the tone of the project’s interiors where skylights and windows are positioned through the residence so that the occupant is always moving toward the light.