One of the designer’s favourite things about the Paddock House is the way the home has been divided into three wings — including ones for central living, a private bedroom, study and garage area, writes JARRAD BEVAN
Lonnie home gets the balance right.
WHEN designing a contemporary family home in St Leonards for his client, S. Group architect and director Sam Haberle was focused on connecting the children’s play area, main living spaces and the home’s office.
“This home is centred around family interaction,” he said, “how the living spaces and the spaces in-between connect and encourage family interaction.”
Sam said the balance of flexible public and private spaces was a critical aspect of the design development.
“The idea for the Paddock House was to blur and grade the lines between living and bedroom spaces and maximise the opportunity for family and social interaction between these spaces,” he said.
The design responds by separating these spaces with sheltered, outdoor decks and garden areas that maintain a visual connection through the glazing.
Sam said the home’s external punctures allow integrated, comfortable and functional indoor-outdoor living, sheltering the occupants from the natural elements.
The exterior of the property was finished in weathered timbers and charcoal tones to blend it into the bush landscape.
“We used spotted gum on the exterior with varied cladding orientation to complement the form of the home,” Sam said.
Inside the house, Sam noted the floors of the main living areas were polished concrete.
“With the home’s northern orientation, these floors allow passive heating,” he said.
“One of my favourite features of this house would be the way the home has been divided into three wings — the central living wing, a private bedroom wing, and the study and garage area.
“Each of these spaces are internally connected and are complemented by external connection, too.”
While working on a broad range of projects across the state — including commercial and residential architecture alongside brand and digital design, photography and videography — S. Group has a core group of builders it works with when constructing homes for its clients.
“There is a great group of five or six different builders who build our homes, however, we are not formally aligned,” Sam said.