Simple and rectangular, OCM house sits tucked away from street view at the back of a grassy block. Designed by Studio Jackson Scott the dwelling is bathed in the warmth and light of the Byron Bay sun (lucky house), it responds to the client’s brief of a comfortable home for a young family, with pleasing lines and modest materials on a tight budget. Nestled at the rear of the site, the house runs east to west providing optimal north-facing orientation over the lawns and gardens. Wrapped in black FC sheet, vertical mullions cover the sheet joins to create a tectonic pattern that articulates the façade and defines the window locations.
An extrusion carved into the northern face forms a sheltered outdoor terrace, opening up the house to catch the sun’s movements throughout the day. Lined in a warm timber cladding, it provides a gentle contrast to the black outer skin. Complemented with plywood-lined walls and polished concrete floors throughout the interior, the living space is calm and sunlit.
The outdoor entertaining terrace flows smoothly into the main inner living space, allowing the house to remain open for much of the year- blurring the line between exterior and interior. Through its geometry, minimal material palette and humble construction methods, OCM House embodies the power of simplicity.