Designed by Australian studio FRG Architects, Melbourne’s ‘Courtyard Residence’ is “a rectangular origami of concrete and glass”. Created to be warm, contemporary and inviting, the home has an atmosphere that is both calming and zen-like. Glimpsing the house from the street, it appears subtle and minimal, and when you walk into it, you see how it opens onto a sheltered courtyard, which was the inspiration for the house’s name.
Designer: FRG Architects
The house is characterized by layered spaces that lead to a beautiful courtyard garden. The house mimics the Mediterranean model of a central courtyard, combining a sense of privacy and internal openness, giving the residence a quiet yet vibrant atmosphere. “Both water and source are central to the courtyard as an oasis. Reflection and delight contrast with the monumental energy of matte and polished concrete. Muted surfaces celebrate a refined rawness throughout, supported by the evolving dance of light, shadow and reflection,” the studio said.
FGR Architects used a muted palette of materials, such as minimal wood and sturdy steel windows. “Despite its heroic elements, the house transcends its gallery-like scale and functions as a series of beautifully proportioned living spaces,” the team said. Sliding windows dominate the home, providing a smooth connection between indoors and outdoors, compellingly connecting the interior to the pool and courtyard. At the same time, the house can be covered to protect it from harsh weather conditions.
The exterior of the house seems quite low and simple, while the interior is quite warm and modern. Raw yet refined concrete finishes run throughout the home’s interior, while concrete walls and overhangs provide shade and shelter. The house is a beautiful yet eclectic mix of simple and complicated, rustic and contemporary, and raw and polished!