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MODO's Hans House in Aberfeldie, Australia

Michael Ong’s house in Australia attempts to envelop the garden space, making it active rather that passive

The first house by Michael Ong and his design office (MODO) displays a thoughtful site strategy and sense of materiality. Rather than opt for the usual approach of filling out the site with a garden at the back, Ong attempts to merge the garden and living spaces, fulfilling the client’s request for a house that would play an active role in their life. Drawing the backyard space inward creates what Ong refers to as a ‘cave’ between the interior and exterior, taking the form of a deep timber clad reveal in which a glass door sits.



Section sketch. The living spaces wrap around the exterior space


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Architect: Michael Ong Design Office

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