A conceptual design for a country house. The cast concrete barn reinterprets the existing typology that appears commonplace in the Australian landscape. The concrete shell cast in-situ with timber boards forms a pure abstraction of rich materiality creating a dramatic series of spaces. Moving from light to dark, spacious to confined and warm to cool spaces the sequence of spaces is inspired by, and evokes, the strong contrasts of the Australian landscape.
The raw materiality engages with the senses through an honest expression of the timber, concrete and glass. Warm and cool surfaces and deep shadows through openings define space and materiality.
The dark hallway and entrance is a retreat from the Australian sun. Small apertures above the doorways create a theatrical sense of movement and the constantly changing and flickering light evokes the canopy of the surrounding trees.
The schematic design has been designed to be constructed in a bush fire prone area, sliding concrete shutters seal the house when vacated. The thermal mass, cross ventilation and carefully planned windows and sliding screens are to be developed in combination with water tanks and solar power on the site to achieve a high level of environmental sustainability.
The Cabinet house is a conceptual weekend retreat designed with the same attention to detail and functionality as a finely crafted cabinet. The construction of the Cabinet house is based on traditional solid timber construction using reclaimed timber boards that have an existing patina. The hand crafted construction techniques and expression of tradition create sense of calm and timelessness and a durability that will absorb the marks of use enriching the atmosphere of the spaces.
The large north-facing lead light windows will reflect and fragment the natural environment and increase the sense of enclosure whilst providing a strong connection to the changing weather and seasons outside.
Designed to be off-grid, the Cabinet house is an exploration of the potential of new and existing technologies and techniques to be used to create a self-sustainable living environment.
Locally sourced materials and a relationship to bush walking huts found in the Australian Alps emphasise the contextual relationship and evocation of memory and past experience. The result is a sublime space for retreat and relaxation from the city.
A design for a workshop, studio and two-bedroom dwelling housed in an energy-independent off-grid building located in country Victoria.
The implementation of sustainable design initiatives including solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and grey water treatment and passive design features has been designed and explored using 3d modelling and energy rating assessment tools.