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12 Jun ’11

Minimal Sustainable Design in Australia | Residential Design


This project is an example of how a minimal and modern space design can be achieved to respect sustainability and eco standards. Crone Partners are the architects who designed this house located in Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

Embracing the challenge of a relatively tight inner suburban location, and restrictive building envelope, the designers worked closely with the client to rationalize their “wish list” into a concise and deliverable brief. Little was lost in this process and even less in the translation to a finished home for the builder / client and their young family.

The house’s finely detailed bold rectilinear form is set back from the street amidst a carpet of natural ground cover. Entrance down the side of the house is made via a subtle path formed from old railway sleepers embedded into the ground. Whilst sitting comfortably in its street context proportionally, and with setbacks respectful of its neighboring properties, the view from the street confirms immediately that this house is quite different to those around it. The project is realized through a series of simple intersecting and overlapping rectangular forms. Each “box” represents a distinct portion of the overall program. A sleeping / study zone, a living zone, a garage / workshop, and cantilevered above all of this, a parents retreat, complete with its own living area and secluded outdoor terrace.



You can check all the specifications and details of the project on the Contemporist.



Crone Partners

Crone Partners today provides architecture to the global community bringing about creativity through diversity and expansion of ideas, developing the most thoughtful environment for people to live and experience.

Our company has a considerable track record and a highly regarded reputation for designing and implementing innovative and award winning architecture to the global community extending our services and expertise throughout Australia, Asia Pacific, China, The Middle East and the Indian sub-Continent.


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1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for posting this, I sent it to my brother and he loves it too.

    Comment by DIY Solar Panels — 17 Jun ’11 @ 3:19 am

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