The Box Forms Home is the perfect minimalist, modern home design for Geelong families. The team at Topic Builders have created a protective and stylish home, designed to complement and counteract the elements.

Located on a hillside overlooking a busy freeway, exposed to prevailing winds and unprotected from the harsh setting western sun, this home provides its own sheltered environment. Placing the L-shaped building along the western and southern boundaries provides a large, sunny outdoor entertainment area that is screened from the prevailing winds.

The bold, minimal forms of the façade echo the protective nature of the house.

The cantilevered upper floor floats over the dark base. The wide, narrow windows capture a full panorama view of the southern valley while minimising south-facing windows. The façade features low-maintenance, durable natural materials selected to withstand the elements, including:

  • a semi-glazed dark bronze brick base wall
  • two-storey-high corten rusted steel entry walls
  • standing seam zinc to the cantilevered master bedroom
  • sandstone insulated panels to the west and rear courtyard walls
  • rendered and painted polystyrene walls to the living room.

The entry opens onto a polished timber staircase and a two-storey-high rammed earth feature wall. The lower level also contains the study, the fourth bedroom or guest room, a bathroom and a double garage with a large workshop.

The stairs lead to the large three-metre-high open living, dining and kitchen area. A panoramic window extends the full length on the south side and stackable doors open onto a covered alfresco on the north side. A sleek, minimalist kitchen at one end is counterbalanced by an earthy rammed earth wall at the other.

Our Geelong builders arranged the bedrooms on the east side of the home, looking out to the sheltered courtyard and catching the morning sun. The bathroom, ensuite and passage are on the west  side, creating a buffer from the freeway noise and the western heat.