The Courland house floor plan focuses on the event, the way the spaces relate and link to each other depending on what’s happening and who is using it. this takes into account the relationship and separation of the kids and parent’s rooms, but it also respects the guest, the visitor, how far can they travel until they feel are doing there own unguided tour of someone’s house looking for amenities. The typical down the hall turn left last door on your right, doesn’t generally leave a guest with a feeling of safety or confidence with a new space. Houses should consider all users.
With this in mind, we move towards the house through gardens, as you approach you are greeted with the entertaining and relaxing spaces, introducing you to some of the materiality that is beyond.
This space can be closed off completely from the more personal family areas of the house. Through to the media room, and powder room, which is that shaded zone between absolute public and absolute private, you are then greeted with gardens either side, a signal that one zone has finished, and another is about to begin.
This next zone is the kids’ zone, bedrooms, bathrooms, this is boundary to boundary so in order to fulfill the brief of each room having access to gardens or at the very least views, the zone separation works in multiple ways here. The bathroom between the Boys bedrooms adds a way to separate but also be equally distanced – light and views here were made possible with a glass roof, giving it a bit of a tropical feel under the palm tree
The stair leads the way to the master retreat, perched on top of the kids pavilion it opens itself to reveal Matts work that surround the space on all 4 sides, this allows every window on the top floor to look over green to nature
The overall appearance of the house is modernist in form but contemporary with an almost open tropical approach to a private suburban setting. The response here pushes what is achievable in openness to a predominately enclosed in inward-looking house.