Completed in 2019 by FMD Architects, Split House is a family house designed for family living. The goal is to create a comfortable place that can accommodate extended family and friends and facilitate the family to connect in each moment.
The brief of this project includes:
- Creating strong spatial distinctions between kitchen, dining, and living areas
- A desire for north-facing living areas for extended family and friends
- Facilitate the family to connect in each moment inside the house
The design team also can develop a narrative around inverted and split volumes to establish a balanced visual cohesion and a pattern language thanks to the spatial qualities of the existing cottage.
With an apex cut out, the new addition of this house follows the existing roofline to draw in northern light. Below, the lowered roofline reinforces the existing double-loaded corridor line located in the new open-plan living spaces to allow spaces to split into two zones.
The first zone consists of the dining and kitchen while the second zone is used for the lounge. In both spaces, the raked roofline is expressed internally with the lowered corridor ceiling.
It is a project that uses a ‘split’ concept. Throughout the home, this concept is reinforced in subtle interior gestures. Each element inside the house articulates individuality and connection, reflecting the personality of each family member as well.
There is also a northern deck that reiterates the roof form in plan, bathroom joinery that is articulated in triangulated geometries, and a kitchen bench that is composed of offset sculpted forms to complete the whole look of the house.
Split House Gallery
Photographer: Peter Bennetts