Separation of warring clans but linked by a common area to trade and prosper, the Frais house is a family home that looks to understand the balance between young adults in their 20s integrating with parents looking to re find some autonomy. 


By creating a home that allows flexibility in privacy and separation but where all family members can gather and reconnect at a central location was the goal and overriding factor in development of this modern family house. To achieve the brief the design evolved to allow separated wings for each family member to seek seclusion and privacy but integrated a communal space of the kitchen, dining and central double storey alfresco as a common area for all to reconnect in the middle of the home.


A parents upper floor wing with secluded balcony and outdoor area gives the ability for entertaining and relaxation while the separated lower bedroom wing and lounge area provides a sanctuary for the younger generation. A modern street elevation with exposed steel and concealed garage door clad in weatherboards immerses the full width of the 12m block.

To balance the heavy forms the façade incorporates light colours, large glazing panels connected with soft undertones of concrete and landscaping.



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