An Australian House Wrapped in Airy Steel
Architecture & Interiors
There’s plenty to recommend in this coastal home in the Australian state of Victoria—its sun-soaked views and dark, moody interior color scheme being but a few—but, without a doubt, the star element here is the employment of a series of geometric laser-cut steel screens that encase part of the house’s exterior, creating a spectacular play of sun-dappled shadows.
Designed by Melbourne’s Wolveridge Architects, the house’s recycled timber profile has been given a low, horizontal configuration reminiscent of Mid-Century homes, an era further invoked by the expanses of cutout steel patterns that replicate the geometry of concrete ventilation blocks.
The airy steel segments act as a “permeable but physical barrier dissecting the public and private aspects of the dwelling,” say the architects—in addition to creating a decorative, visually ravishing segue from the indoor shade to outdoor sun. Screen gems, we’ll gladly call them.