Muston Street House

June 28th, 2010

The Australians seem to have some of the most stunning houses, especially this one by Fox Johnston Architects. The house combines beautiful wood flooring with large sliding glass doors and windows. The main living, sleeping and entertaining areas are contained in the long linear west wing of the house (seen in the first few pictures). The east wing encloses a living space that serves the barbecue and pool deck, with a separate bedroom and bathroom above. Another cool thing about this house is that there is a long pool that cuts across the building through the entrance hall.

Photos by Brett Boardman

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  1. Ian Houghton says:

    That single lane lap pool is such a great idea! I love all the glass too, but I can’t help but feel it’s probably a bit thermally inefficient.

  2. Shelby White says:

    I really haven’t thought about the insulation, but now that you’ve brought that up I question whether or not a lot of these modern houses are properly insulated.

    I also wonder with a lot these houses looking amazing and all, has a lot of the function been forgotten. For instance, Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses falling apart because of the materials used. Granted, his houses are quite old though.

  3. Ian Houghton says:

    I wasn’t aware that Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses were falling apart, but if so that’s really interesting. Visual splendour does not efficient architecture make. I wonder to what extent Wright was involved in selecting the materials for his structures, or if he left that to engineers.

    You’re spot on about modern houses, I wonder the same myself every time I see another stunning sheet glass creation. The fact that this one is built in Australia is pretty important, we have a very strong sun down here. I hope most of the windows are north or south-facing or the AC bill in summer would be horrendous. I also think about how much effort it would take to keep all that glass clean!

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