Local home: S. Group Design’s contemporary and bold West Launceston home
Expansive glazing and open spaces ensures this stylish S.Group-designed home, makes the most of its beautiful surroundings in the Launceston foothills, writes JARRAD BEVAN
There is plenty of theatre in the S. Group designed Thirty-Three House. Contemporary and bold, the home’s entry is via raw, concrete-look boxes that draw visitors in before exposing the warmth of this family home.
Rich finishes, alternating ceiling heights, voids and stepped levels all add to the playfulness of this West Launceston’s home’s design.
Architecturally, it is also highly considered with a mature relationship to its surroundings.
S. Group director Sam Haberle said their clients’ brief and the site itself called for a design that turned its back on the street and provided a high level of permeability and transparency to the north-east facing backyard and views over the city.
“The architectural language is transposed as you move from the public [entry] side of the dwelling to the private side,” he said.
“The entry is quite brutalist with raw concrete sheet and minimal apertures whereas the opposing side is much lighter and natural with expansive glazing and timber cladding.”
Sam’s client was a young couple looking to settle into a home that suited their needs right now but also with an eye on future.
“Their focus was on creating indoor and outdoor living and entertaining spaces while ensuring the home will work for a family down the track,” he said.
While the design appears to make some bold statements with its voids and juxtaposition of timber and concrete, Sam said creating a “statement house” was not their goal.
“When we design we like to think we don’t just create a statement house but rather focus on all the little moments the user experiences living in the home day to day,” he said.
“One of these is a corner window turned on its side.
“When standing in the shower it provides light and a vista out to the sky.”
“The site was originally a garden attached to the house next door and subdivided to create a new allotment.
“The garden consisted of a number of established trees but unfortunately these could not be worked around the design.
“However, the maple which the house is centred around, draws on the history of the site.”
When we design we like to think we don’t just create a statement house but rather focus on all the little moments the user experiences living in the home day to day