Thornber Street

locationUnley Park
floor area443 m2
completion2016

This home stands as an award-winning exemplar of Australian architecture, uniquely blending modernist design with a touch of Japanese style. Guided by the client’s active engagement during development stages and material selection, this home achieves a stunning balance between grandeur and tranquillity, where indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly intertwine.

The front entry is a welcoming invitation, marked by corten steel gates, cedar strip ceiling details, and compelling sculptures. These elements harmoniously guide guests from the outdoors into the home’s expansive indoor-outdoor spaces.

Centred around a protected courtyard, the fragmented floorplan of the home offers an inherent sense of peace and privacy. Its design, a fusion of modernism with a hint of Japanese style, offers both solitude and serenity.

The innovative double plane roof, punctuated with skylights, fills the main living areas with an abundance of natural light, further enhancing the sense of spaciousness and openness.

The kitchen, boasting soaring 4.2m ceilings, oversees the living and dining areas and extends its gaze to the tranquil courtyard and the outdoor dining area beyond, further dissolving the boundary between indoors and outdoors.

Anchoring the living space is a grand Kanmantoo stone fireplace, its presence drawing the eye beyond the interiors towards the outdoor kitchen and deck, creating an effortless indoor-outdoor transition.

The home’s covered outdoor walkways serve a dual purpose of blurring the boundaries between inside and outside spaces while providing privacy and protection from the elements, reinforcing the home’s modernist fusion with natural elements.

A minimalist glass pool fence subtly separates the pool area from the courtyard. At night, the meticulously curated lighting transforms the outdoor area into a tranquil, reflective haven perfect for unwinding.