With the aim to give “just the right amount of space” to its inhabitants, Australian studio Austin Maynard Architects has conceived this compact house in Melbourne. Named ‘THAT House’, the design is a response to the indulgent scale of sprawling Australian homes, which are among the largest in the world.
By creating large openings and generous connections to the garden Austin Maynard Architects aimed to make this modest-sized house feel abundant and broad, and the result is a home that is almost half the size of its neighbours without compromising liveability.
The clients wanted a home that opened up to the community, with large glazed openings, rather than permanently hiding or fortifying themselves. THAT House can open up to the outdoors, both private and public. Importantly a house that can be very transparent needs to be able to adapt to multiple privacy needs. Hence the architects have installed upwards blinds to give the owners control over their level of privacy. An upward blind enables you to cut-out almost all view into a home while still being able to look out to the garden, and the street beyond. This gives control over all levels of privacy and intimate control over the light let into each space. Such a smart and handsome house !