Municipal submission &
Situated on a steep slope with many constraints, this compact three bedroom family home is designed to protect and incorporate an existing tree within a courtyard while still allowing for north orientation and passive design strategies for most spaces. The design celebrates an indoor-outdoor relationship with a xeri-scaped garden. The main living areas look towards the 180 degree view of the city with northwest and west facing openings and veranda, while sliding shutters and rotating screens to negotiate the late baking afternoon sun.
The house is nestled compactly into the slope on one level floor plan, with low lean-to roofs so as to minimize its impact on the neighbours views. The steep slope allows for a granny flat and storeroom to be tucked under the main house. A limited materials palette of local materials strives for simplicity and minimalist feel.