Simon's neighbourhood is very eclectic and there is a real sense of community here. The women in the local Russian bakery know him by name, as does Frank at the fruit and veg shop. And when Simon designed his house, he wanted it to fit into the community. He is inspired by the different types of architecture, old and new, that give the area its character.
As well as serious design features, there are some quirky ones as well. The vegie patch that wouldn't fit is represented by some green filament carrot tops stuck along the bottom of a glass window. Other interesting window treatments have been used to represent some other ideas as well. The diamond shapes on the front windows represent curtains that appear in the more traditional houses in the neighbourhood. And when yellow glazing is applied to another window, the streetscape scene that is viewed from this window immediately has the effect of making the street appear as it would in an old Polaroid photo from another era.
These features are charming and bring a smile to Simon's face as he wanders around the space. It makes him enjoy living there and therefore has therapeutic qualities. And what Simon has managed to achieve in his design is a house that has a sense of light, space and grandeur to it, almost beyond its means.
In a small house such as this one, it is important for the internal spaces to be multifunctional. The living area leads onto the kitchen area, which turns into a bar – perfect for entertaining. The entire space upstairs is a private one. It comprises his bedroom and bathroom, all open in the one space. At night the house takes on a 'camping' feel, and in the day, it's a house for contemplation.
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