Concrete minimalism has landed in suburbia. This tiny three storey tower is a carbon neutral experiment by architects Whispering Smith of Fremantle, Australia - and home to studio director Kate Fitzgerald and her partner.
House A is one of three planned for a site that would more usually accommodate a single residence. The emphasis is on providing beautiful, simple, inexpensive homes with minimal impact on the planet.
Concrete panels contain the maximum of recycled materials. Whitewashed bricks have also had a previous life. High levels of insulation mean that, even in a hot climate, there's no need for air conditioning.
At ground level there's a garage. Above it, an open plan living space leads out through bi-fold doors to an intimate patio area. The lack of internal walls gives the impression of a far larger space. Furniture is either built-in or bespoke.
Up a flight of recycled pine stairs, a cosy bedroom occupies the loft. Here, as throughout, exposed materials speak of House A's construction. A neutral colour palette gives this minimal residence a serene air.
House A is an inspiring sign post for the way forward in a crowded world. Effortlessly stylish, too.
Photography by Ben Hosking.
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