Julian decided to design a home that addressed what he sees as the modern housing dilemma: An ageing population on the one hand who need care, and a younger generation on the other who are struggling to break into the housing market.
“The older generation – those my mother’s age – have the capital. The people around my age have the income. But those in the younger generation have neither,” he says.
“What that younger generation does have, however, is time. They can help the older generation and give them the care and attention they need as they get older. It can be lonely being old.”
The resulting home, created by Archiblox, is a glorious bird-shaped structure which includes two completely separate wings, joined by a two-storey central living space.
The wings stretch outwards, enclosing what is essentially two homes with their own kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas.
All up the property has five bedrooms and three full bathrooms. However, should the kids come and stay, it’s got the capacity for two more separate bedrooms in the central living area and study.
The bird’s body is the central connecting hub of the home where Julian and Andrea spend time entertaining, living and working.
“It’s not a traditional layout of a house,” notes Julian, “but the guest accomodation in the centre can service either wing or provide seperate living space for visitors or for children.”