The Sofo House is the response to two important existing site features directing the development of the project. Firstly, the flame tree located to the eastern corner and secondly an existing older building. The new building is free-standing and located centrally between both. It is designed as a clear, modern building, distinct from its surroundings. The facades of folded copper sheets are articulated and orientated in the direction of the sloped wall planes. Fenestration is detailed to match the copper panels and therefore further the planar quality of the facade. The third storey is set back from boundaries and looks directly onto the flame tree.
The brief was to construct a new 3-bedroom house on a tight site, on a main road, considering a number of constraints including the apartment buildings on either side, the existing flame tree and retention of the 8m boundary wall. The project includes undercover car spaces, swimming pool, open space and terraces off each level and takes advantage of views to the city and Dandenong Ranges.
The building consists of a series of zones which relate to their use and external experience. The lower bedroom levels are inverted, looking into private gardens. The upper living areas which are open plan connect with the pool, views and entertainment spaces. Central to the house is a staircase acting as a thread linking each level.
The building is designed as a clear and separate building from its surroundings with no obvious reference. The façade is folded copper sheet which will eventually oxidise black. The building is oriented to allow the flame tree canopy becomes a major feature of the building within.