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This home defies contemporary convention with concave walls and controlled colour usage

Owner architect Robert Puksand describes his new home as a ‘non-house’


Architect: Gray Puksand
Photography by Shannon McGrath

From the architect: Owner-architect Robert Puksand describes his new home as a ‘non-house’. Although there’s a terrace-style typology due to the compact elongated site, the protruding exterior walls on the first floor cantilever into the foreground for privacy and sun shading.
Constructed in a new material called Permarock, the three-level house is as unconventional within. Loosely divided into living areas at ground level, including the main bedroom, with two additional bedrooms, a gallery and studio on the first floor, the delineation of spaces is ‘blurred’. Elliptical-shaped walls set up sight lines that create new spatial perspectives, as does the controlled use of colour in the home, both inside and out.
While Puksand takes his craft seriously, he firmly believes that architecture should activate and engage the senses. And rather than being a static form, the house continually changes depending on where one happens to be within the home.


First published date: 31 May 2017

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