The Merricks House is located on a farm in Merricks North close to Melbourne, Australia and it was designed by the practice of Robson Rak Architects for a couple with two young boys.
The clients wanted a rectangular house with symmetrical spaces so that the interior would be simple and intuitive without any direct sunlight entering inside due to a person’s heightened sensitivity to the light.
The house has a geometry that is a bit more complicated than the brief but it offers a dynamic and versatile building that is adapted to the natural fall of the land spreading over two floors and being composed of three distinct zones.
The tree outside located toward the south determined the orientation of the house so that the master bedroom centers off it extending to the west. The parents’ zone is to the east and it contains a master bedroom, ensuite and study space that has its own entrance.
The main area of the house is the living, dining and kitchen area which also offers an entrance inside offering shades to decrease the intensity of the light and skylights with glass windows to allow sights of the wonderful landscape.