Sliding doors and framing systems from Architectural Window Systems were installed in a new open plan home in Melbourne to create a light-filled living space.

The owners, Kara and Lloyd were inspired by a project featured on Grand Designs UK, named the Sugar Cube. They were impressed especially by the amount of glass used in the home, which gave incredible natural light along with the two-storey void area and the general aesthetics.

Working on a brief to design a stylish, open plan home that was also child-friendly, Canny Architecture drew inspiration from the Sugar Cube home. The design brief also sought for industrial finishes to be incorporated throughout the home and exterior.

Black aluminium makes a robust statement that helps to give the home the look and feel of an industrial warehouse. The black powder coat finish on the windows and doors was selected to allow the owners the flexibility to change the interior theme colours in future.

To meet the requirement for large windows, the architects had to carefully consider the orientation of the house with regards to heating and cooling the living space. The home achieves a six star energy rating, enabled through careful material selections including double glazing throughout. Picture frame-like windows are strategically placed around the home with the main living room enjoying natural light at all times of the day.

Two three-panelled Series 704 Slide MASTER sliding doors were installed to connect the indoor space and the outdoors with Series 426 FrontGLAZE framing systems. The doors not only connect the two spaces but also provide a clear view into the garden.

Window fabricator Windows by Design worked with Canny Architecture to achieve the homeowners’ design goals.

Image: Photographer - Rebekah Jewell