As designers like to say, constraints lead to creativity. And in the case of this modern house in New South Wales, Australia, it’s absolutely true. Designed by Studio Jackson Scott, the single-story house was built around prefabricated concrete panels that dictated the proportions of the layout.
Budget and construction time were also top of mind for the architects. “In a country where building costs are among the highest in the world, efficiency of construction can substantially reduce the cost of a build,” designer Scott Jackson told Dezeen. “We had to think carefully about how to construct this building to ensure that design intent remained strong while construction details and methods remained simple.”
Black concrete fiber panels flank create a dark, monochromatic facade, while a hardwood-lined cut-out creates room for a front porch. Inside, the house makes use of another economical material with locally-sourced plywood lining the walls and ceilings. The architects finished the kitchen and bathrooms with dark paint, cementing (no pun intended) the “dark vs. light” contrast found on the outside of the house.