SLD Residence by Davidov Architects

A stark monolithic façade disguises a house abundant in natural light

Project Specs


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The SLD Residence is located on a busy road in inner-Melbourne. Whilst the road is a prominent tree lined boulevard our clients wished to maintain a sense of privacy from the street in both a visual and acoustic sense.  As such, the presentation of the house to the street takes the form of a pure unadorned mass on the first floor suspended over a recessed lower level. The span of which is interceded by a solitary concrete column, the only relief afforded to the facade.

▼住宅外观,exterior view


The width of the block (17.5m) allowed for circulation around a central core on the ground floor which enabled the design of the house to be structured around 2 primary rooms, one living the other for entertaining. The rooms are each fitted with elements allowing the spaces to function with a minimum of additional furniture required and are linked via a corridor which connects the other vertical circulation of the house. Another smaller corridor connects the dining area to the kitchen. The circular ground floor circulation also allows the large house to feel compact whilst providing separation between spaces.

▼平面图,floor plans


The house, utilises a very limited palette of natural materials to create a strong degree of flow between interior and exterior spaces. The natural cement render used externally is echoed internally with a coarsely applied venetian plaster finish, whilst the honed granite floor is carried through the house on all floors and echoed in the hard and soft landscaping and driveway ramp. The use of the same materials internally and externally is intended as a means of deliberately drawing the interiors outward whilst allowing the natural patina to underscore the passing of time and the seasons. This connection is reinforced through the fully glazed pivoting/sliding doors to the 2 main exterior spaces further underlines these strong connections.

▼起居空间,living area

▼室内细部,interior detailed view


▼简洁天然的材料,limited palette of natural materials




Warmth and detail is brought into the design through the use of smoked European oak floorboards which were used to line the key internal doors and panelling. Other elements such as the bar, bathroom vanities and plinths are formed from unembellished slabs of monochromatic feature marble.  Expanding on the raw elements used throughout the house brushed stainless steel is used for the staircase balustrading, window framing and is also used for the entry gate enclosure and custom designed island pendant light.


▼地下酒窖,the glazed cellar in the basement

▼浴室梳妆台,bathroom vanity

Project size: 600 m2
Site size: 513 m2
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 3
Project team: Davidov Architects

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