the integration of a framework throughout the plan develops, its effects and function to each space become more clearly defined.
this framework houses functional zones of cooking and preparation, bathing and storage, as well as defining a variation of areas to sit, interact or relax.
this rigid framework established through all spaces is balanced with the fluidity of raw timbers, leather, linen and soft lighting, to distinguish the experience of the farmhouse.
this experiential design exemplifies the owners’ awareness of their location and surroundings, in stark contrast to their urban home, through not only the spatial qualities but the tactility of the internal environment.
while fluid spaces are needed for when large family groups stay here together, the existing oversized spaces required delineation and a sense of scale.
by establishing a series of frameworks through the plan, not only is the functional efficiency increased but internal views and connection are maintained, while external views are further defined.
within the building fabric of an existing farmhouse, we begin work to the interior architecture of this residence in strath creek.
visually isolated from its neighbours, with expansive views from all aspects, the house is sheltered within a unique valley surrounded by spectacular terrain. the landscape is dotted with black cattle, yellow moss to the trees and, when we commence design, expanses of daffodils.
these yellow and black highlights within the natural backdrop give immediate direction for our design approach.
the public areas, containing the living and cooking areas, are fully glazed and provide direct access to the landscape and outdoor dining areas. congregation of the occupants is promoted, for the preparation of meals, dining together, with a high level of interaction encouraged.
the private areas, containing the sleeping and bathing spaces, are subdued. the strict material palette of light oak timber and natural linen together with limited, indirect natural light, define these areas as zones for retreat, rest and reflection.
externally, the building is clad in rough sawn timber, raw and weathered grey to bleed into the surrounding tea tree. openings to the building mass of the private areas are concealed, the lack of fenestration or detailing enabling the forms to abstract from typical building elements into stacks of timber planks.
light oak timber, also raw in finish, is continued through to the interiors, creating a pure sensory experience. the interior timber is light in colour and refined in profile, contrasting with the rough and weathered timber used externally, taking direction from cutting through a trunk of the tea tree. the timber lined interior absorbs light and heat, providing a retreat from the harsh sun and exposure of the nearby coastline.
reference image sources, left to right, top to bottom : unknown, john pawson, kengo kuma, baumschlager and eberle, peter zumthor, baumschlager and eberle
ridge road residence has received a special mention in the architizer a+ awards for the single home category.
“with entries received from 100 countries, the special mention distinction is awarded to work entered that exhibits remarkable achievement and that scored in the top 20% of entrants”
we explore breaking down the building program, not only between public and private areas, but between individual sleeping + bathing areas for each of the family members or groups.
by breaking down the program, the built form slips between the existing tea tree, enabling the forms to become contained by the surrounding landscape.
the separation of forms allows the program to be manipulated to suit the existing landscape, as well as enabling the program to be experienced as one moves through the building. the separation of each form is experienced both internally and externally, with the building punctured on all four sides to express each junction. these punctures are used to provide strips of light and connection to the landscape to what are otherwise subdued private areas.
we begin design work for a new house at st andrews beach on the mornington peninsular. with national parkland separating the site from the beach, this large site is afforded extended views to dense tea tree beyond on all four sides.
the brief is to provide beach house accommodation for a young family, with a strong delineation between public / living + cooking areas and private / sleeping + bathing areas. while the house will typically be used by this family of four, the program needs to be flexible to accommodate groups of extended family and friends, providing each group with their own sense of seclusion.
through a series of briefing workshops, the program becomes further defined and the architectural form develops in response. studies into the spatial experiences between the cocoon and the scope explore the quiet, retreat like spaces in comparison to the highly interactive.
the key driver to the interactive spaces is promotion of a high level of connection between the interior and the exterior, both within the site and across to the bay. simple architectural forms together with a restrained material palette provide a framework for these defined views.