Biophilia – Slate House Northcote

Melbourne Design Studios (MDS)

“Biophilia – Slate House Northcote” is a family-home built on the principles of nature, craftsmanship and environmental design. It interacts and engages with nature, the essence of Biophilic design. Below the strong monolithic slate form, a simple ground floor plan interweaves with nature, meandering out and in, carving two courtyards, at once grounding the house in the garden and drawing the garden back into the house. The building invites the adjacent park into the garden, borrowing natural vistas and extending the backyard, whilst embracing its wider contextual surroundings. Urban food production, green roofs and integrated planters create additional intimate connections with nature.