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Christmas House in Northcote, Australia by Taouk Architects

Project name:
Christmas House
Architecture firm:
Taouk Architects
Northcote, Victoria, Australia
Emily Bartlett
Principal architect:
Youseph Taouk
Design team:
Interior design:
Built area:
500 m²
Site area:
600 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
COS Design
Tools used:
ARPACI Constructions
Concrete, Glass, Steel
Residential › House

Taouk Architects: The form was inspired by the sloping site and how we could create a bold point of difference on a site that sat far beneath the street level. We aimed to perch the building within the landscape, like a rock juxtaposed in nature and creating a monolithic street presence.

It sits neatly into the sloping site, and the light base helps to blend with the landscape at street level, while the harshness of the upper level and textural element of the battens gives it an eye-catching point of difference.

The battens are a big feature of the design and have also been incorporated in the interior. The play on dark lineal elements was a way of creating a world of shadows within the design as well as evoking the sense of ‘feel’ whilst walking through the home.

This home frames the sky with large skylights and glazed ceilings, aiming to bring the user to moments of pause and reflection, centering them back to nature. There are a lot of moments in this home where the user encounters natural light and immediately feels the warmth of outside making the spaces quite enjoyable to be in.


Taouk Architects is a boutique and dynamic architectural practice highly regarded for its unique approach to each project and its responsiveness to the needs and expectations of its clients.

Comprising of a passionate team architects, the key emphasis is in residential design, specialising in contemporary homes and multi-residential projects.

With a strong design philosophy and key understanding of the market place, Taouk Architects focuses on striving for architectural excellence, whilst priding itself on creating design solutions which encompass both form and function to achieve high quality architecture and intelligent living.

Offering a full range of services from conception to handover, services can be tailored to suit the needs of individual clients.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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