“Seen from afar, the pavilion reads as two parallel lines set against the gently undulating landscape. It is a defined architectural object that makes no pretensions to naturalness – but its every design gesture is imminently decipherable and logical, grounded in and given meaning by the experience it seeks to create. It does not take on the form of a glass pavilion simply to play with creating one of architecture’s most daring typologies, nor adopt minimalism as a purely aesthetic sensibility. The Glass House lays itself bare to the landscape because it is the most straightforward route to achieving an authentic, inimitable experience of place.”
Highly considered from every angle and meticulously detailed throughout,
St David aims to set a new standard in medium density living in Tasmania. It will be a building of outstanding architectural merit. Robust, earthy materials such as brass piping, folded metal staircases and off-form concrete will combine to create a finely crafted material palette and an overall building of a quality rarely seen. Finessed and precisely detailed, these characteristics will carry through to the interiors to create genuinely noteworthy homes.
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Replete with devastating panoramas, Apollo Bay, on Bruny Island finds itself nonetheless exposed.
Winds buffet the angled terrain and so we devised a high walled courtyard to protect the inner workings of this home.
The house employs an inflected non-orthogonal plan where massive stone walls encompass living spaces which are enriched by the resultant spatial complexity.
A black interior has been created which provides relief from the blisteringly bright Tasmanian light.
D’entrecasteaux House has a simple pallet, dark within and a pale stone exterior.
Face-fixed bespoke glazing focuses attention upon very specific elements within the overwhelming landscape continuum.
An exacting house for exacting clients – The home is a slim black clad building tucked beneath the apex of a ridge on an expansive rural site in Lower Longley. From the interior to the north the curve line of the opposing ridge is framed. This line eventually makes its way towards the Derwent Estury’s Northwest Bay to the East. The distant view of Northwest Bay and surrounding farmland is framed with the entire building from the Eastern extent of the home.
The Little Big House is located upon the eastern slopes of Mount Wellington, high above Hobart. The siting is mindful of its context; positioned close to and perpendicular to the curvilinear Huon Road. The house, on a vacant lot between established houses and gardens, is defensive and diagrammatic. Tucked carefully between cadastral constraints and a magnificent birch tree, the footprint has been kept deliberately small. The dwelling is stacked across two levels which step to match the undulating terrain.It’s just a box. A clean volume with two exceptions; a service core and an entry air-lock.The house is designed to be intensely private. Apertures are purposefully positioned to create pure window types opening to either garden, sky or shadow. Polycarbonate cladding on the eastern and western facades render luminous shadow walls which enable the house to be concurrently light and contained.
It has been previously noted that Hobart is a small city in a large landscape. This beauteous mountainous isle is justly renowned. But the most southern capital city in Australia is nonetheless beset by the perennial problem of an ever-expanding edge.
New homes in new suburbs are being built up and down the river further entrenching car-dependency. The lighthouse by room11 architects is a carefully considered consolidation project which demonstrates the potential for beautiful bespoke building which offer an alternative to the unchecked suburban hemorrhage.
The client came to our office with a proposal to deliberately downsize. Selling a large family house to finance construction, they wanted a smaller simpler inner-city home. A double lot owned by a family member was identified as a suitable site. In an older area with a convivial community and suitable services the lot was within walking distance everything. An existing single storey house on the property built to address the street was to remain. As one of the last unbuilt spaces, the site was indeed constrained with reactive soils and surrounded by heritage buildings.
All these things led logically to the adoption of a courtyard arrangement. A perimeter strategy of high walls defines a rectangle within which the house is positioned. A generous courtyard to the north offers space for outdoor living whilst a smaller court to the south hosts a productive garden.
An elegantly spare kitchen sits on the short wall of the living room. To the northern edge, sliding glass screens open, enabling the the space as experienced to extend up and over screening courtyard walls to the forested ridge which rises beyond.
The home is passively heated and ventilated with openings and orientation sensibly deployed. A free-standing wood fire provides winter warming and a ceremonial hearth. Bedrooms and bathroom are organised perpendicularly to the main space. Skylit and intensely private, these rooms are modest in scale and furnishings.
The house has a subdued vocabulary with pale cement sheet cladding, white gravel and unpainted cement block walls. Timber window reveals and wooden doors are meticulously detailed. Those parts of the house which are touched offer a rich haptic experience. The crunch of gravel and the texture and scent of timber enliven the formal simplicity of the architecture.
A vegetable garden has been established in the space between the existing heritage house and the new dwelling. Like a carefully kept secret the home is virtually unknowable from the street. The scale and tactics of the building are polite and respectful to neighbours.
Our office is a short walk from the Lighthouse and we often see our client out walking in the late afternoon sun. With a smile on her face she tells us that her house makes her happy every day. This in turn makes us extremely glad.
Utilising a grid relating to function and budget, various overlays are applied, shifting the grid and guiding spatial configuration. Overlays include the clients’ wish for the kitchen to be the heart of the home, outdoor spaces with varied levels of shelter and linkages to the surrounding landscape, generating a complex interlinked series of volumes. The building is conceived as a dark container in the landscape, a protective armour revealing a timber inner where outdoor activities take place within the confines of the building envelope.
Outdoor spaces are wrapped in celery top pine and offer various levels of shelter from the wide ranging Tasmanian weather conditions.
An entry portal acts as a psychological marker, where views to the landscape are taken away, suggesting a moment of self reflectance – I am home, the worries of a day’s work left behind.
Positioned on a previously cleared site with views towards Tasman Island and the Southern Ocean beyond, this project takes the farmhouse typology and transforms it into a hybrid courtyard house. Visitors enter through a covered threshold, experiencing views into the treed courtyard and the sea beyond, before venturing into the main living space where the full panorama unfolds. Three gable roof extrusions define particular functions within each with particular relationships to the courtyard and specific views to the surrounds. The extruded form pushes beyond the building envelope providing covered outdoor living spaces.
Construction of the second stage of our Shutter House is now well underway. Overlooking the Huon River and featuring face-fixed glazing and z-flashings the project is shaping up very well.
A place of calm and repose. An opposite to the clients busy lifestyle. A place of rest. Strong connections are drawn with both the immediate and the distant landscape. Voids are sliced through the building to allow sunlight and trees.
Trees act as a seasonal body clock and alter the hue of the building as leaves move from green to red to white blossoms. The voids connect the building to the rock shelf, the trees, the immediate, allowing these elements to permeate the living and sleeping areas.
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Tucked away within established gardens, this small pavilion extends the ground plane to the north, creating a courtyard between the building and existing garden adjacent to the access road. Bedrooms bookend transparent views through the building to the established garden to the south and it’s mature european trees. The core experience of the site is maintained – that is, sitting within an existing clearing, in the sun, viewing down the site to these existing trees. The North / South transparency allows this experience both inside the building and within the courtyard to the north.
Utilising cross laminated timber construction ( CLT ) and Structural insulated panels ( SIPS ) the building achieves excellent ESD performance while maintaining maximum transparency. Utilising these panels allows budget efficiency alongside speed of construction. Timber framed steel glazing thermally breaks the building in a refined section detail.
On a tight site in Rye, this compact house enhances interior volumes via linkages to courtyard spaces created between two pavilions running parallel to one another along the contour.
Ongoing explorations further dissolve the boundaries between living and garage, where it may become a hybrid – part time outdoor room / play space, part time garage.
The pocket house is tiny – tiny budget, tiny entry, tiny footprint ( 50m2 ).
On a steep sloping site looking out towards the Derwent River, the house offers privacy to the street while opening up to the views beyond.
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