In Melbourne, Australia, Fiona Winzar Architects recently designed and built the Eyelid house for a family of five. Situated on a tight urban lot, the architects were faced with providing sufficient living space while maintaining a bright, open atmosphere. The inherent paradox of providing a light filled interior while maintaining privacy led to the “eyelid” concept. The eyelid is an angular roof overhang at the rear of the house that blocks the interior from the neighbors’ sight, but still allows light to enter the home. Another important aspect of the project was sustainability, which led to the incorporation of a rain water collection system, solar hot water, and locally sourced materials. The home’s interior is a combination of modern materials and architecture alongside middle eastern and Turkish elements from the owners’ collection.
See more of the Eyelid House after the jump.