Taking the challenge of a relatively narrow field and a restrictive building envelope, designers worked directly related to the client to streamline its “wish list” in a terse order. Little is lost in the process and even less in the transition to a finished house to the builder / client and family.
The house is finely detailed with straight lines is set back from the street amid a carpet of natural mulch. The entrance to the lower house is made of old railroad ties inserted into the ground. While holding comfortably in proportion to the context of the street, and respectfully moves away from the neighborhood property, the views of the street immediately confirm that the house is completely different from those of its environment.
The project is implemented through a series of simple intersections and gaps of rectangular shapes. Each “box” represents a distinct portion of the entire program. A sleeping area / study, a sitting area, a garage / workshop, and an overhang on all this, a survey for parents, along with its own sitting area and a secluded terrace.
The shapes of the building have been carefully articulated as display devices for privacy and as elements that frame and define the views. The tough outer coating that changes the look significantly in different seasons and lighting conditions, gives a cozy and warm interior, filled with natural light, high heavens, devoid of double height and sensual materials. Extensive use and a smart location thermo glass allow light to reach all the sites. The line between indoors and outdoors is blurred, with many large operable windows and sliding glass panels featuring the family with the ability to link directly with the environment gives the family the ability to open or close the site completely, depending on the climate changed Melbourne.
Although housing is not overtly “green” in appearance, is based on ESD principles. Recently the design has to do with control of the occupants through a solution that is highly interactive. Passive design solutions and options that have been delivered in a house that requires a low consumption of air conditioning or heating. Designers deliberately led the exploration beyond the aesthetics and form of the project, maintaining a high level of sustainability. The initiatives included in the design include:
* Termopnal high-performance glass.
* Largely insulated solid west facade with openings limited.
* Increased internal thermal mass to minimize temperature variation.
* Level “floating” supply sun shade north to the main living area.
* Passive cooling through cross ventilation – the entire building can be opened with a combination of large glazed sliding.
* Double-skin facade is exposed to the higher level visual privacy delivery and thermal control. The outer skin is made entirely of opaque glass.
* Storage of up to 20,000 gallons of rainwater in an underground tank to be re-used in toilets and irrigation.
* The ceiling supply heating for the pool.
* Floor heating system in the ground level.
The house is presented as a blank canvas on which the family inserts the detail of their lives changing. It delivers the flexibility to grow and change, with spaces that can open and log in, or close to a more intimate and restrained. The main living area has been created to meet specific customer needs an informal interactive space that adapts to the variety of their daily lives. This inevitably flows from one functional area to another and can be opened to enclose outdoor spaces, particularly those geared towards the northern courtyard and pool.
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