Almost in defiance to its broadly gritty inner-suburban location, Storybook House by Folk Architects presents as an enchanting juxtaposition. The addition of a steeply pitched rear roofline, with its façade of vanilla and cream glazed terracotta shingles is a sophisticated mix of materiality and a very clever layout that seems to create more space than is allocated to this compact block.
Folk Architects were influenced by the Storybook Style houses popular in England and the USA during the 1920s. “We liked the way that they transcend typical architectural conventions to achieve something entirely new, a unique blend of art and architecture, whimsy and practicality,” says Christie Petsinis of Folk Architects “It was also a fitting reflection of the unique and complimentary personalities of the clients, hence the naming of the project.”
Known for projects with a strong focus on sustainability, Folk optimised the existing five metre wide footprint to create a functional small family home with a series of multi-use spaces. The material palette was specified to support the perceived volume, as well as to emphasise the more whimsical aspects of the style.
Folk Architects selected two Fibonacci Stone terrazzo styles for the Storybook house. The deliciously-named, blush-hued ‘Pavlova’, which has previously been specified for mostly interior spaces, provides a touch of playfulness to the courtyard and ensuite, and ‘Wintersun’ features in the bathrooms.
“We really liked Folk Architects’ choice of ‘Wintersun’, as it’s a perfect, contemporary neutral that brings to mind the unexpected pleasure of the warmth of soft winter sun,” says Michael Karakolis, Fibonacci Stone’s Creative Director. “Its application in an area desired for capturing passive solar heat is absolutely perfect!”
“These unexpected applications that designers create with our products continually gives us fresh perspectives too – it’s great to see where they take them. Congratulations to Folk Architects and their clients on this project with a very happy ending.”
Photography by Tom Blachford