Moving House is a new residence in Kew, Victoria. The external white aluminum screen forms a singular mass in the outline of a suburban gable roof, subtly referencing the immediate neighbours in both form and colour, while the internal space is defined by the 3 in-situ concrete vaults.
Designed by Architects EAT, the external screen holds in suspension the visitors’ first experience of the house – as one passes along the façade towards the entry, it deconstructs to reveal the concrete bodies in a journey of discovery and surprise. The entry with raw concrete beams cantilevering out to provide partial shades and refuge, hanging plants from the gutter and grasscrete paving below – all in an Arcadian setting before reaching the green door and a finely turned timber handle.
There is no interior narrative but rather a cavernous volume that receives direct northern daylight that changes by the hour and season, with indirect ambience light on the curve of the textured north facing vaults.
The interior is fully glazed to the east with bi-fold doors and windows with concrete seats, so that in fine weather it can be fully opened up to the garden, allowing exposure and interaction with the outdoor space. This project exemplifies what can be achieved by careful orchestration of spaces, manipulation of lights, choreography of materials and tactility.