Zone Homes

The future of family living is here but it doesn’t have much to do with the suburban bungalow of our childhood. The 3-bedroom red brick house of yesterday is disappearing along with the nuclear family that used to occupy them.

In the new Zone Home, parent’s retreats are out and rumpus rooms are defunct. The family home is an egalitarian space zoned for the individual needs of all its members. The principal of this zone home fits any family’s configuration, nuclear or other.

Architect Michael Folk’s intent was to design a home that could last the distance in this family’s life. So he came up with the concept of a home zoned for 2 family groups with differing needs – in this case the house is zoned with areas specific for the kids needs and separate areas for the parents needs. In addition there are some spaces that are shared, the kitchen, rear garden and the roof top and its here that the family comes together.

The kitchen becomes the fulcrum between the two spaces and on one side has a door that slides back into the wall to open it out or close it off to the parents side of the house.

The colours and materials used in the two zones also differ. The parent’s zone is sophisticated with natural tones, and the children’s zone has a lot more of a playful feel with bright colours.

The hope is that the kids will grow up in this home as well balanced individuals because all of the kids needs are taken care of.


Michael Folk
Campbell Luscombe Folk Lichtman Architects
10 Charles St
Redfern 2016
Ph: 02 9310 4533

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