Vikki’s Place is a dwelling on a small inner city lot in Newcastle, Australia. The owner needed a home that could accommodate herself and her grown-up son, who comes to stay for long periods of time with his own family of four.
The site is heavily effected by flood with Planning Controls setting the first floor 1.6m above natural ground. A private, north facing courtyard is constructed to form an entry into the dwelling with bleacher-style steps and seating maintaining a connection between the ground and first floors. A single flat roof envelopes the plan and changes in floor levels provide separation between internal spaces. Bedrooms are kept at a minimum allowing the living area a generous 1.5 storey height.
Designed by Curious Practice the dwelling embraces the qualities of half finished structures or ruins. The lower portion of the structure is made from strong, robust materials in order to withstand flooding whilst the upper living floor is lightweight and uses warm, soft materials. Services are exposed and all materials are celebrated by being left raw and unfinished. Nothing is hidden and no paint or plasterboard is used in the building, whist split-level flooring and slim wooden blinds separate the living spaces allowing for connection and separation.