This unique custom designed home was commissioned by an owner-builder client to replace their existing dwelling on the site. The key consideration was sustainability, orientation, and flexibility. The dwelling is single storey, whilst maintaining a large, north-orientated garden which spills out from the north facing living areas.
The home provides spacious, flowing planning, yet allows for flexibility. The house has 3-bedrooms, with a rumpus or fourth bedroom. The master bedroom has a study which doubles as a north facing sitting room.
The form of the building follows a low single pitch roof with over-sized eaves to respond to the sites orientation. The house is typically clad in black stained shadowclad timber, with elements of brick work, and deep recessed windows. Feature timber battens highlight the entry passage and outdoor areas.
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The Carwoola House is located on a 13.37 hectare block in a rural bush setting. The previous dwelling on the site was destroyed in the recent bushfires which swept through the area.
The priority for the new house was therefore to site the house to avoid the most bushfire prone areas of the site, and create a robust non-combustible masonry building fabric. The dwelling is orientated north to maximise solar orientation, whilst having an upper level that captures views to the south.
A protected external terrace is formed by the brick facade and podium of the building to maximise views and orientation, whilst being sheltered from the wind.
The Waramanga House is located on a remediated single residential site. The blocks long axis faces north, providing good solar orientation to all bedrooms and living spaces.
The house consists of just two bedrooms, which form two separate quarters. Linking them is a large open plan living and kitchen area, which flows from an entry gallery.
The front of the house is buffered from the street by a terrace screened with battens. The rear yard is enclosed by the L-shaped brick form of the house, which creates opportunity for a main open deck, as well as a private deck area off the master bedroom.
TURNER SECONDARY RESIDENCE
The Turner Secondary Residence is a petite 90sqm new residence, located at the rear of an existing single dwelling block. The house provides flexibility of use, being either a 2 bedroom house with a study or second living, or becoming a compact 3 bedroom dwelling.
The Secondary Residence complies with the Adaptable Housing Standard to allow for future disabled use. At the same time, an uncompromised design outcome is achieved for regular occupation.
Wall alignment and structure is rational yet the built form provides articulation to the facade, with a simple gable roof over. The house is a mixture of brick and lightweight cladding, to create a modernised version of a simple cottage/shack.
INNER NORTH TOWNHOUSES
Located on an angled corner block in the inner north, nine new townhouses are created on the site. Each townhouse is a double storey dwelling accessed from the ground level. The client's key brief requirement was to create an angled facade in reference to the angled site boundary and to create interest in the built form.
The facade line angles in and out as it wraps around corners, and an angled parapet is introduced in elevation. Windows are given deep reveals to create depth to the facade. Irregular shaped balconies emerge when the line of the facade breaks into two, effectively creating functional spaces between the angled, moving planes.
The facade is given a crisp white finish and constructed from horizontally grooved lightweight panels. Recessed components of the facade are finished in black to further highlight the facade articulation.
This project was commissioned by the A Plus Group, with project delivery and design resolution assistance by Thursday Architecture.
Four townhouses were created on a large residential corner block in Turner. The purpose of the design was to offer large, high amenity townhouses. A key goal was to maintain as much existing landscape as possible, and preserve the existing street character with a sympathetic design outcome.
The design maximises the north orientation and leafy frontages of the street, while utilising the existing driveway for on-grade garages at the south. Each of the end townhouses has a side courtyard framed by the building form, while the two central townhouses have a central upper level outdoor terrace. This connects to an internal double height void to deliver natural light to internal areas.
Each townhouse is double storey, with a circulation spine running the length of the building. Living and outdoor areas spill off this. Natural light and cross ventilation is incorporated to ensure a connection to the outdoors is present at all parts of the building.
de Rome Architects were engaged to complete detailed design and construction documentation for the Brassey Hotel refurbishment, with concept design completed by Sydney-based design studio Redgen Mathieson.
The Brassey Hotel is a heritage building, and the refurbishment has reactivated underutilised spaces to compliment the existing hotel function. A high quality gym and day spa have been created at the ground floor, which includes a pool, sauna and steam room, treatment rooms, changerooms, lounge area, and workout spaces. The success of the design relies on highly refined interior detailing, and use of high quality materials.
HOTEL REALM GARDEN BAR PAVILION
de Rome Architects was engaged to complete detailed design and construction documentation for the Hotel Realm outdoor garden bar Pavilion. The initial concept design was completed by Sydney-based design studio Redgen Mathieson.
The Pavilion sits on the existing Hotel Realm outdoor terrace, and provides a semi-enclosed outdoor seating and bar area. The Pavilion uses dark-stained vertical timber boards across the internal and external facade. The success of the design relies on a highly detailed building fabric such that the spacing of the timber creates clean openings for seating, windows, doors, and bar.
The Pavilion creates opportunity for intimate seating areas, whilst the openings in the back wall of the Pavilion filters connection to the remainder of the outdoor terrace. An extended glazed awning provides enclosure between the Pavilion and existing building.
LYONS DUAL OCCUPANCY
The dual occupancy sits on a corner block, and is intended to create maximum separation and privacy between the two new dwellings. Each dwelling has a separate driveway and entrance placed on opposite frontages of the corner block. At the same time, the language of the building reads as one to avoid conflicting aesthetics of the adjoining dwellings.
Each dwelling has north orientation to living areas, with a unique ground floor layout to each in response to their unique siting. The upper level of each dwelling is identical to create ease of construction, and consistency of scale of the built form. Each dwelling has a generous front yard, and private rear yards and courtyards.
The dwellings uses strong brick blades for the double storey elements, with feature timber clad walls between the blades to soften the form of the building. The lower level elements are clad in dark lightweight cladding.