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Ingenious Melbourne Home Allows you to Greet Guests from its Living Room!

The general idea of creating a cozy and comfortable modern home centers around the idea of adequate privacy that is combined with a sense of connectivity with nature. But this unique and quirky home in the suburbs of Melbourne takes a completely different approach with a first floor living area, kitchen and dining room that open up to the outdoors. While that might sound natural, the design of the home allows those inside to easily interact with neighbors and those passing by on the street – something that is pretty rare in most other homes (if not all) of the neighborhood. Designed by Clinton Murray Architects, Levo’s House holds its more private areas on the lower, ground floor.

View of the Levo’s House deigned by Clinton Murray Architects from the park next to it
View of the Levo’s House deigned by Clinton Murray Architects from the park next to it

Another striking and interesting feature of the home is the folded y roof that can be seen even from a distance and gives the residence a distinct identity. On the inside, it is a neutral color palette in white, wood and concrete that takes over with glass walls, sliding glass doors and skylights bringing in natural freshness. Set on a triangular lot, the balance between privacy and openness is almost perfect in here as you get the very best of both worlds! [Photography: Peter Bennetts]

Wonderful street view of the Aussie home offers a window into the way the homeowners live
Wonderful street view of the Aussie home offers a window into the way the homeowners live
Green outdoors and entry of the unique Aussie home that feels different
Green outdoors and entry of the unique Aussie home that feels different
Sliding glass doors connet the interior with the outdoors even as the folded roof in wood steals the spotlight
Sliding glass doors connect the interior with the outdoors even as the folded roof in wood steals the spotlight
Spacious and well-lit kitchen of the house in wood and white with lovely cabinets
Spacious and well-lit kitchen of the house in wood and white with lovely cabinets

The design ‘moment’ for us was taking the planning control stipulating a ‘pitched roof’ and adapting the triangular geometry of the site into a folded y roof that reads as lightly as possible. We worked closely with an extraordinarily creative (old school!) engineer from Canberra Ken Murtagh to create a roof that mystifies!

Captivating upper level of the house opens up to the world outside in a restrained manner
Captivating upper level of the house opens up to the world outside in a restrained manner
Minimal and modern entry of the home with concrete walls and wooden accents
Minimal and modern entry of the home with concrete walls and wooden accents
Minimal bathroom of the house with floating wooden vanity and a view of the outdoors
Minimal bathroom of the house with floating wooden vanity and a view of the outdoors
Understated decor alongw ith neutral hues creates the calming living area
Understated decor along with neutral hues creates the calming living area
Floor plan of the first floor of the home on the triangular lot
Floor plan of the first floor of the home on the triangular lot

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