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D + K House, a private Mona Vale residence by Buck & Simple, was designed as a throwback to mid-century modernism. Driven by the clients’ love of gardening and a minimalist but tactile ethos, the design process evolved to centre around a deep soil green roof. The design methodology was to respect the era of the existing structure, while maximising efficiency with a contemporary arrangement and improving the building’s environmental credentials. 

Construction focused on traditional building techniques intertwined with contemporary detailing. Brick was chosen for the permanence it brought to the structure – a link to old and new, in which Crevole from the PGH Bricks Velour range was the chosen material to achieve its classic look.

The palette is sparse and robust with lightly coloured, textured brickwork used both internally and externally to define the new volume, while a sculptural timber ceiling vaults over. A selection of sandstock brick subtly accents the new fireplace and chimney features of the home.

The new green roof is structurally supported off brickwork walls by an exposed, white, coffered timber ceiling, providing articulation and a play of light. Through a combination of the carefully chosen materials, the dense thermal mass of the green roof, and high level operable windows generate ample cross ventilation. The house can breathe and truly take advantage of the favourable Australian climate. 

The finished home is a culmination of context-sensitive design and modernist simplicity, enhancing the daily life of its occupants.

Architect: Buck and Simple
Photography: Simon Whitbread

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