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Ruxton Rise Residence By Studiofour Carries A Unique Sense Of Intimacy And Wellbeing

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Ruxton Rise Residence
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Shannon McGrath
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Designed with a strong ethos of family and community in mind, ‘Ruxton Rise Residence’ by Australian firm studiofour is a tranquil modern home in Melbourne’s suburbs with a special emphasis on introspection and connection with nature.

“The design for the Ruxton Rise Residence is approached as a contemporary take on the Beaumaris mid-century modern home, responding to the home’s unique sense of place and its richt architectural history,” explains the firm. The grey-brick home sits on a greenfield site in Beaumaris, an affluent suburb of Melbourne known for its mid-century properties, tucked away from street view in a natural slope. The residence is built around a central open-air courtyard dotted with olive trees; a calming haven intended to be an additional room for guests to interact, listen to music, read, reflect, or simply enjoy the afternoon sun. Boarded by a series of expansive glass panels, the courtyard acts as an extension of each of the internal living spaces it borders, allowing for a visual connection between them. The surrounding floor plan has an emphasis on communal spaces, and is designed to foster meaningful relationships with the family and visitors.

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“The design is led by the fundamental principle that simplicity enables idleness,” explains the firm. Stripped of unnecessary details with the goal of a minimal living, ‘Ruxton Rise Residence’ embraces unpretentiousness through an austere palette and pared-back interiors in all of its living areas and sleeping quarters. The inclusion of nature further enhances the sense of intimacy, providing a calming effect that permeates through the entire residence. In addition to fostering a connection with the landscape, the house honors healthy living through passive design principles, such as authentic natural materials and construction techniques that emphasize wellness, while contributing to a sustainable environment.

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Images © Shannon McGrath