Lydia C. Odell House January 04th 2019, 15:53:28
The Orb House, one of a few successful modern minimalist residential building, was chosen a finalist for the 2010 Australian Institute of Architects Awards. Located in Melbourne, Australia, the structure lies on the street leading to the Yarra River and the Yarra Bend Golf Course in one of the most prestigious suburbs of Melbourne. In an effort to balance the utilitarian architectural pattern of the area, the Orb’s Australian architect Bojan Simic introduces minimalist aesthetics with its appearance.
In the making, Bojan Simic got his inspiration from the ancient Pompeii’s dwellings. His approach was more about achieving an introspective living environment with tranquility by creating a typology of a central courtyard in which everything else finds its orbit; be it the day to day life, work, and entertainment. The structure gets its main form and footprint characteristics from the wall with the curved central spine that is used to define two very distinctive zones.
These important zones are the rim for the living zone and the space beyond as the sleeping zone. By using this shape of the wall, the rim will provide the interior with a fine theatrical backdrop where the external space gets a touch of the intimate residue. To keep its minimalist aesthetics in check, materials and textures in monochromatic palettes are used. Commercial glazing technology is used by the frameless thermal glass used and curtain walls to dramatically introduce aspects and lights around the Orb.
The architect Bojan Simic stated that the Orb is an inspired prototype of a future residential structure. Which was his reason for adopting the ancient past tried and tested as methodologies? Let us see if this or the super space saving structure that will rule in the future of architectural innovation. Browse through our photo collection of the Orb House below to get a better understanding of the main reason behind the creation of the plan and the structure.