Toorak House 1
Nestled within the high-walled properties of Melbourne’s established suburb of Toorak, this house stands as an abstract merging of fence and building, privacy and monumentality. Spanning three street frontages, the raw, textured concrete facade arcs in plan along the exposed boundaries, creating a series of striking vertical elements and segmenting the blank façade into a multiple concave spaces, each capturing light with a varying degree of intensity. These arced walls are located to avoid existing trees on the site, and encapsulate and inform the internal spaces.
A vast floating disk that has seemingly crashed over the wall form halts the play of vertical elements by providing a stark horizontal counterpoint, and the ensuing collision of materials and curves further animates the shadows across the façade. This disk is strategically placed to shade key interior spaces.
A single door punctuates the vast blank façades to reveal a dramatic double-height sanctum within. Beyond this threshold, the building opens out to a fully glazed northern façade, which floods the interior with natural light.