Classically modern: why this dual occupancy works so well. Despite being experimental in its design, this structure in Sydney’s Inner West effectively conveys a sense of home thanks to cleverly deployed masonry. When architect Adam Mosses of OSC Projects was contracted to design a dual-occupancy building in the residential suburb of Russell Lea, he decided to let his imagination run wild. “The architecture was found in challenging the prevalent suburban status-quo of a dual occupancy,” he says. That meant rejecting the symmetrical design of duplex housing that dominates current practices.
As sustainability increasingly becomes a byword in our homes, the idea of owning less is also gaining traction. But how do regular families embrace the minimalist lifestyle? The term minimalist has been used in the art world since the 1950s, but as a decorating trend, it become popular in the 1990s, as hip urbanites embraced sleek, clutter-free spaces which seemed to be virtually empty.
CONCORD HOUSE FEATURE
For many of us, a home is all about family. For John and Fay Mosses, this was taken a step further when their architect son, Adam, designed their new home and his brother, Joseph, built it! Concord in Sydney’s inner west has been dubbed the ‘parkland suburb’.Although it has many large homes, this site is a more modest 400 square metres.The two-level, four-bedroom house has a footprint of about 225 square metres. Adam describes the architectural design as “Modernist with an industrial feel,” thanks to its linear design and the use of ‘engineering’ materials such as steel, bricks and concrete. “As the elements were exposed rather than concealed, we kept a sense of truth to the materials chosen,” he contends.
CONCORD HOUSE ft. Bowral Bricks
Adam describes the architectural design as “Modernist with an industrial feel,” thanks to its linear design and the use of ‘engineering’ materials such as steel, bricks and concrete. “As the elements were exposed rather than concealed, we kept a sense of truth to the materials chosen,” he contends. The interior of the lower level is comprehensively linked to the outdoors. The living area is flanked by a Japanese garden to the west and an eastfacing garden terrace, both accessed by folding doors. An internal courtyard leads to the pool, while the back lawn and deck are directly accessed from the dining and rumpus rooms respectively.
Don’t you wish your kids would do this? Brothers build parents their dream home
WHEN many young adults are looking for a handout from their parents to buy a home, architect Adam Mosses and his builder-brother Joseph did the opposite.
Luxury Concord home built by brothers sets new suburb record
WHEN ARCHITECT Adam Mosses and his builder-brother Joseph built their parents’ home in Concord two years ago, they did not expect it would set a new suburb record
The first response of Adam’s builder-brother, Joseph, to the proposed design was “How am I going to build this thing!”The brothers met many times to sort out issues before engaging trades. “Being able to see that end result with Adam’s 3D visualisations images made it a lot easier for me to construct,” says Joseph.