The Front Of This House Appears Modest And Compact, But It Conceals A Much Larger Interior

Designed to appreciate and take advantage of the beautiful Australian landscape, this home in Melbourne created by Zen Architects, features large windows, natural wood elements, and homey touches.

Photography by Emma Cross

 

Designed to appreciate and take advantage of the beautiful Australian landscape, this home in Melbourne by Zen Architects, features large windows and natural wood elements.

 

With a low profile and set back from the street, from the front of the house the home seems modest and compact. At the back however, the home takes on a much more grand appearance with large windows covering much of the back exterior.

This multi-level modern house has large windows covering much of the back exterior, while steel and wood cover any non-glass surface.

Photography by Emma Cross

Entering from the back of the home, you can see how the wood strips continue from the outside of the house through to the interior, creating design continuity between inside and out. You can also see how large windows take advantage of the landscape outside and use the natural light to brighten the home.


Entering from the back of this modern house, you can see how the wood strips continue from the outside of the house through to the interior, creating design continuity between inside and out. You can also see how large windows take advantage of the landscape outside and use the natural light to brighten the home.

Photography by Emma Cross

Light wood and steel stairs with hidden lighting underneath each tread creates a safe staircase that leads up to the main level of the home, and below the stairs is a small interior garden.


Light wood and steel stairs with hidden lighting underneath each tread creates a safe staircase that leads up to the main level of the home, and below the stairs is a small interior garden.

Photography by Emma Cross

At the top of the staircase is the kitchen, dining area, and living spaces. The same dark wood paneling has been used on the walls and on some of the kitchen shelving while white walls reflect the light coming in through the many windows on the floor.


In this modern house, dark wood paneling has been used on the walls and on some of the kitchen shelving while white walls reflect the light coming in through the many windows on the floor.

Photography by Emma Cross

At the very front of the home, a built-in reading nook sits beneath a glass ceiling and looks out onto the street. A number of shelving units, including one built into the bench, hold books and music to create the perfect spot to relax and unwind in.


At the very front of this modern house, a built-in reading nook sits beneath a glass ceiling and looks out onto the street. A number of shelving units, including one built into the bench, hold books and music to create the perfect spot to relax and unwind in.

Photography by Emma Cross

On the same floor at the back of the house sits the living room. Large windows look out onto the backyard and fill the room with natural light while the wood along the one side creates a cozy, warm, and natural feel in the space.


In the living room of this modern house, large windows look out onto the backyard and fill the room with natural light while the wood along the one side creates a cozy, warm, and natural feel in the space.

Photography by Emma Cross

Back downstairs, a built-in wood platform with a thick mattress on top becomes a day bed and sits up against a wrap-around corner window to create a cozy reading spot lit up by both a colorful pendant light and the natural light coming through the windows.


This modern house features a built-in daybed with a thick mattress on top, and it sits up against a wrap-around corner window to create a cozy reading spot lit up by both a colorful pendant light and the natural light coming through the windows.

Photography by Emma Cross

Heading upstairs to the top level of the home, the master bedroom is surrounded by windows that allow it take advantage of the landscape outside but also features a black privacy screen that prevents unwanted attention while in the bedroom.


The master bedroom in this modern house is surrounded by windows that allow it take advantage of the landscape outside but also features a black privacy screen that prevents unwanted attention while in the bedroom.

Photography by Emma Cross

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Designed to appreciate and take advantage of the beautiful Australian landscape, this home in Melbourne created by Zen Architects, features large windows, natural wood elements, and homey touches.

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