Split level design

One of the outstanding elements of contemporary architecture in Australia, as espoused by such luminaries as Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler and Peter McIntyre amongst others, is the idea that, as a response to its site, a house should follow the slope of the land on which it is sited. So that on a site with significant fall, a house would naturally, at some suitable point, incorporate steps, so the floor level of the house would change as the ground level changed, thus realigning the floor with the adjacent natural ground level, so that access to the outside could be more continuous, and houses would tend to “hug the ground“. This can be summarised by the expression “split level design”.

This became a tenet of contemporary design after WW11, along with low pitch roofs, cathedral ceilings and the famous Stegbar window wall, when Robin Boyd started The Age Small Homes Service in Melbourne in 1946. Breaking the floor line in a house at a strategic point has become a main characteristic of cool, contemporary home design. Verdé have wide experience and expertise in producing innovative contemporary split-level home design.

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Other articles to come:

  • Interview with your interior designer about latest design trends for 2018
  • What to look for when buying a block of land in Melbourne’s East
  • 6 Tips before you knock-down and rebuild
  • How to make sure finance doesn’t hold up your dream home
  • Why Kitchens can make or break a house
  • Top 3 Bathroom design features

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