VISION Issue 50 - Page 3

3 24 BLACK ART ‘Ross’ Northcote, Victoria Bold, black and light-filled, the Northcote house by Ola Studio is an artful contradiction. What might appear weighty or ponderous by virtue of its largely black envelope, is in reality a house of light. Screened in a metal skin and Viridian performance glass, the house is a graphic arrangement of function, flexibility and elegant aesthetics. Acknowledging neighbours with its distilled bungalow form, the design references history to realise a sleek modernity. Once inside, the house flows in a sequence of interfluent spatial rhythms. Built to house a family of five, pet dog and art collection, the owner/builder clients wanted a house of warmth and easy liveability. The brief recognised a need for the luxury of light and space. And this one delivers in spades. WATCH ARCHITECT PHIL SNOWDON IN CONVERSATION