A New Northcote Home That Takes Its Cues From Italian Villages
Think of West Bend House — a new home designed by MRTN Architects with designers Brave New Eco — as an ‘inhabited pathway.’
Located on an elongated block in Northcote, the house was conceptualised as a ‘small village’ of clearly defined interconnected spaces from front to back – a design that maximise its size, views to Merri Creek, and functionality to suit a family of five.
The majority of the home is not visible from the street. Rather, West Bend House is intentionally recessive, allowing the garden by SBLA Landscape Architecture and views of Merri Creek trees to serve as the focal point of residents and passersby.
This house is fully electric, with heat pump in-slab heating and a battery backup solar system. Rainwater tanks and solar passive orientation further maximise the sustainable performance, creating one of Northcote’s most impressive contemporary homes.