A new ‘sunken courtyard’ house has been completed by Swiss-Australian studio architecture GESTALTEN. The house is located in Elsternwick, an inner city suburb of Melbourne, with the double storey building erected on a tiny site of 10 x 15 metres. “For the ‘sunken courtyard’ house we looked at a solution that would create a climax of excitement between context and the new house,” said Günter Gerlach, design principal of Gestalten.
In the new house, every room, with windows from floor to ceiling, faces the sunken courtyard, a bold creation that connects space and the relationship between building and human being.
“The contemporary building is integrated into the surroundings, moving between preservation and re-formation by respecting the existing settings and built forms. Structure, form and materialization are in a reciprocal dialogue between context and architectural object,” said Mr. Gerlach.
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