Ruxton Rise Residence by Studiofour
Ruxton Rise Residence is an inspiring mid-century modern home located in Melbourne, Australia, recently designed by Studiofour.
About Ruxton Rise Residence
Embodying Core Values: The Ruxton Rise Residence
The Ruxton Rise Residence captures the clients’ three key life values: family, health, and integrity. Instead of being just a physical structure, it embodies the family’s beliefs. The goal was to create a precious and meaningful space rather than a large, mediocre one. The design focuses on the experience, transcending the building’s form or visual statement.
A Contemporary Take on Mid-Century Modern Design
The Ruxton Rise Residence takes inspiration from the Beaumaris mid-century modern home, embracing the location’s unique characteristics and rich architectural history. The street elevation nestles into the site’s slope, concealing the home’s true nature. The internal courtyard, acting as the building’s heart and focus, turns the attention inward.
A Tranquil Oasis: The Interior Courtyard Garden
In this residence, the interior courtyard garden serves as an additional room, providing a space for reading, listening to music, or soaking up the sun. The landscape, along with the movement and shadows it creates, offers a calming effect that permeates the entire house.
Fostering Connections: The Family-Centric Floor Plan
The floor plan prioritizes family and community, promoting longer conversations, intimate memories, and closer relationships. Emphasizing communal spaces, the design encourages connections within the family, with visiting friends, and with the broader community.
Simplicity and Idleness: The Key to a Healthier State of Mind
The design follows the fundamental principle that simplicity encourages idleness, and idle time contributes to a healthier state of mind.
Passive Design Principles and Healthy Living
Besides fostering connections with nature and promoting idleness, the house incorporates passive design principles to support healthy living. The use of natural materials and building techniques, combined with abundant light and ventilation, results in a home with zero VOC emissions. Careful wiring minimizes electromagnetic fields, while a comprehensive water filtration system provides filtered water for drinking, bathing, and washing clothes.
Spending time in this home leaves its inhabitants healthier and more connected.
Private, Unpretentious, and Sustainable Design
The Ruxton Rise Residence is neither over-scaled nor showy; instead, it focuses on being private, unpretentious, and sustainable. This house demonstrates the potential of a small site, achieving a sense of spaciousness without compromising space or creating overdevelopment.