White Blocks House
The name ‘White’ refers to both the clients’ family name as well their preference for the colour white.
Having seen WOLF Architects minimalist style houses in Australia the White family requested a house of such a style but with a playful twist.
Size: 60 Squares (557.41 Square Meters)
4 Living Spaces / 6 Car Spaces
Located on a regular shaped large suburban block, WOLF ARCHITECTS designed a minimalist style home of 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The appearance externally consists of simple block forms however the structure is in fact very complex internally with multiple split levels that ultimately result in a private roof top garden space. The roof top space was required as most of the backyard area is taken up by a the swimming pool as requested by the client.
Minimal from the exterior but completely complex within…
The White’s are a large family and like to entertain and thus their home was designed to do just that. Additionally, due to their busy lifestyle it was important that each family member had their own private area which could be zoned off from the remainder of the house. The first floor consists mostly of bedrooms with a courtyard that connects to the roof top garden. A comfortably large self contained guest living quarters is located on the ground floor and has its own separate entry from the main house. This area also doubles as a home office whilst not occupied by guests. The main living room at the rear opens up completely to the outdoor pool and decking areas.
“An expressive ambiance of light filled spaces…”
Many of the internal walls are finished in solid white plaster and clear sealed. The craftsmanship had to be 1st class to achieve the right effect. It was a labour intensive process that was costly but proved effective towards enhancing the internal ambiance from the natural light reflecting and infusing into the different spaces. Niches and display spaces were carefully designed and recessed into the interior to further animate the white walls. Contrasting the expanses of white plastered walls are natural American Oak finishes to most of the floors and joinery. This provides warmth and balances the home’s interior spaces.
One of the more luxurious materials chosen for this project was Calacutta marble which was used for most bench tops throughout. The TV wall in particular was challenging as finding a slab of stone of the right size was just unattainable, the result was that it had to be clad in two pieces which were very carefully selected to match and appear as one.
All of the bathrooms were designed separately as an opportunity to explore new products and be playful with the styling. The master bathroom space made use of a unique hexagonal wall tile that served as a backdrop for a specially engineered walnut bathtub.
“The ultimate entertainer’s delight!”
In the end the result is a home that is both breathtaking as an architectural statement and comfortable as a family home. The materials longevity and timeless qualities compliment the perfect functionality of all the spaces to make this home one that should enhance the lives of its users for many decades.