The humble brick home has been a staple of Australian architecture since the 1800s, however, in recent times, brick has become less popular in modern building. Office 88 set out to challenge the typical residential materiality through the OP9 house, utilising locally sourced white bricks and mortar to deliver a clean and contemporary home that appeals to the present day aesthetic.
Situated in a newly established suburban neighbourhood in Sydney, Office 88 aimed to create a calm and serene atmosphere through the orientation and materiality of the home. Black brick features were used throughout the facade to create a striking contrast to the white bricks, with the black accents fading as the structure cantilevers over the garage, drawing you further into the property.
The main entrance features a double height foyer, that leads into a generous open plan kitchen and living area that flows out onto a bright courtyard. Subtle changes in floor materials and a consistent palette creates a sense of continuity between the spaces, blending the indoors with the outdoors.
Large voids help develop flow between the main living spaces and the bedrooms on the second floor, while also allowing for ample natural light to spill in from above. The sense of bringing the outdoors in, is continued on the upper floor with full height windows giving views to the courtyard and pool below.
The courtyard was designed to face north, ensuring that it receives abundant light while being protected from the harsh afternoon sun from the west, making it a perfect place for outdoor entertaining. The pool is surrounded by a curved white wall to ensure privacy from nearby neighbours and also to complement the curved kitchen island, blurring the separation between the two spaces.
The OP9 house is a fresh take on the established brick home, giving the traditional material a contemporary look.