Cable House by Tom Robertson Architects

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The Cable House in Melbourne, Australia transforms a small and dark workers’ cottage into a contemporary family home, by finding elegant solutions to the challenges posed by the dense urban environment, narrow south-facing site, and heritage context.

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The architects of the project, Tom Robertson Architects address two seemingly competing requirements: the design must deliver light, functional spaces for a young family, as well as simultaneously remaining sensitive to the surrounding area.

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Cable House is a sleek and minimalist family house in Melbourne, Australia

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The striking Gable roof of the Cable House ensures that the lowest points adjoin the neighboring properties- a simple yet elegant solution to planning regulations. A skylight is installed over the stairs and above the kitchen, to bring natural light into the living spaces, while a window at table height connects the dining space to a small eastern courtyard.

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By working with minimal outdoor space, plants are integrated into the architecture to preserve a connection to nature. A planter box is also built into the façade- with vines growing around steel cables to soften the minimalist lines, eventually creating a living green exterior.

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Internally, the Cable house has a planter for vines encased in joinery and steel cables form the balustrade, echoing the cables and vines of the exterior, bringing foliage into the heart of the home.

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All the photos belong to  Tatjan Plitt.

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