In addition, the outdoors have been drawn into the home through a number of careful initiatives. The kitchen splashback for one, a long window in place of the typical, tiled surface and grand, floor-to-ceiling windows bring even more of the outdoors into the interior. Full-height, glazed sliding doors stack cannily against the kitchen island, creating a “full bleed opening” with the garden. “We really focussed on what the clients need, no more, no less,” adds Rob. His approach and response is evident in every aspect of the home, which answers the client brief with both precision and warmth. Rob Kennon Architects robkennon.com Photography by Derek Swalwell Dissection Information Artek Bar stool 64 Ethnicraft Oak straight table Thonet No. 18 dining chairs Artek Stool 60 Rydell modular sofa from Molmic Alby round floor cushion from Jardan Sierra rug from Armadillo & Co Lean floor light from Örsjö Akari 55A pendant by Vitra Ultra X down-up wall light from Delta Louis Poulsen PH5 pendant Note Design Studio Vinge table lamp Archier Highline pendant Cooktop and Wall oven from Smeg Universal inserts fireplace from Jetmaster
Brighton House certainly demonstrates the studio’s commitment to designing well-crafted homes that achieve a strong connection to place.
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“When you’re dealing with white, you need different textures, otherwise it feels flat.”
The arched timber door in the façade provides the entrance to the front porch and garden that are open to the sky. A large, asymmetrical arch frames a view of the kitchen, dining and living area at the front of the house, and a larger arch sweeps across the opening to the courtyard and side passage. The floor of the passage is tiled with decorative ceramic tiles, reminiscent of peranakan architecture, and the staircase leads up to the first-floor bedroom, where a half-arch provides a sense of enclosure while still allowing a view through the house. With a natural textured finish, the walls and ceiling reflect the light and brings more dimension to the space. Sunlight filters through the courtyard into the middle of the house, and reflects the passing of time throughout the day and seasons, as is typical in traditional Japanese architecture. “The front yard and courtyard connect the indoor and outdoor spaces, and the natural sunlight and daily and seasonal changes creates openness and a sense of movement,” Yousaku says. From the outside House in Ohasu appears as a closed, flat form, but appearances can be deceptive as once inside, the interior is open and layered, filled with sunlight and fresh air. Arbol arbol-design.com Photography by Yasunori Shimomura
Like a peranakan townhouse, House in Ohasu is longer than its façade suggests.
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Sunlight filters through the courtyard into the middle of the house, and reflects the passing of time throughout the day and seasons, as is typical in traditional Japanese architecture.
Folk Architects asked their clients to put together a compendium of how they liked to live; what is important to them as a family and as individual people. In response, the clients made note of activities they enjoyed such as singing and shopping at farmers’ markets. This information provided insight into the residents’ personalities as well as needs, subsequently influencing the architects’ design decisions. “Statements like, ‘I like singing at all hours without anyone hearing me’ suggested a need for distinctive zoning in the house,” says Tim. “We provided hidden nooks for concealed storage and utility to free up planning and create flexible and functional space.” Likewise, the clients’ penchant for shopping at farmers’ markets and preference for natural cleaning products suggested the use of healthy building materials would be paramount. The implementation of passive design principles was also crucial. Consistent with the residents’ wishes, the extended layout captures as much natural light as possible, reducing the need for artificial lighting. It also maximises natural ventilation, this atmospherically enhances the interiors and encourages hot summer air to move through the house. “White / beige roofs and glazed terracotta tiles reduce urban heat sink and heat transfer internally,” adds Christie. There are solar panels with micro-inverters on the new roof and a large water tank in the garden. Having moved in now more than 12 months ago, the residents have experienced a full cycle in their updated home, and are well acquainted with the new addition. The biting cold for which Melbourne winters are infamous is no match for the extension’s thermal performance and central fireplace. Furthermore, the residents are learning how to heat and cool the house passively. Like many terraces, the bedrooms (in this case two) formed the front of the house running the length of the hallway. Between the bedrooms and the new open plan living/kitchen/dining zone that spills out to the courtyard and rear access, there is a shared bathroom adjacent to an internal courtyard. Upstairs is the parent’s main bedroom linked to a small terrace, private ensuite and study. “The functional planning is tight however the ceiling heights, mezzanine levels, [and] active circulation spaces that conceal laundry, services, kitchen and storage under an in-built sofa help to create the perception of a larger volume that is efficient and pragmatic,” says Christie. And yet, despite this ultra utilitarian approach, there are architectural elements throughout that are as whimsical as they are functional. Hidden vestibules, for example, are both pragmatic and playful note the architects. Through Storybook House, Folk Architects reference an ongoing interest in international models of small footprint living. Here, they were inspired by the Japanese methodology of not wasting any space or surface. And yet there is a distinctively Australian casualness, desire for flexibility, and aversion to being boxed in. The new addition is compact and clever yet not prescriptive. “While there are efficiencies and very deliberate spaces for utilities, [the residents] have commented that is it still flexible, allowing them to personalise details and adapt spaces and uses to suit [their needs],” concludes Christie. Folk Architects folkarchitects.com Photography by Tom Blachford
The extended layout captures as much natural light as possible.
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Despite an ultra utilitarian approach, there are architectural elements throughout that are as whimsical as they are functional.
“The Dog Box let us increase our understanding of architecture by building a house we designed,” says Sally. “It was a finalist in Home of the Year 2013 and the publicity helped us find our first jobs, which eventually led us to start our practice.” 10x10 House, 2019 Like many early-career practitioners, they have gained a reputation from their small house projects. But the project types have been expanding lately ranging from the single-family house to mixed-use development to fit-out work. “We like a challenge, and we like working for clients that we can have fun with!” They have found a niche in dealing with tricky, steep and small Wellington sites. Driven to design efficient and interesting spaces, they like to employ economical, industrial or standard materials in interesting ways, which has led to some very innovative house types. Their 10x10 house (featured in Habitus #46) is clad in aluminum sheet and glass, and could easily be mistaken for a small commercial building. On a seemingly impossible site for a builder client, they’ve created a very beautiful family home using unconventional forms and construction. Dog Box Project, 2012 Some of their favourite projects include the Hawke Ridge Cabin designed by Ben in 2018, and a small studio and guest room tower that's currently on the drawing board for Sally. They have worked with a few of the same builders on multiple projects now – like Adam of Dorset Construction – leading to an easier and more rewarding process on each build. When asked what is non-negotiable in the future of local architecture and design, they cite the impacts of the cost of building and the imperative to reduce environmental footprints. “Most of our projects are in some way about designing small and smart spaces that perform well and feel generous to the people who use them. The magic trick of being able to do more with less is becoming increasingly important.” Patchwork Architecture patchworkarchitecture.co.nz Hawke Ridge Cabin, 2018 We think you might also like to see what else is in Habitus #46abc
“The magic trick of being able to do more with less is becoming increasingly important.”
To do this, the architects have extended the communal working space of the building into separate, functioning areas that follow an eco-philosophy of “minimum intervention” that also worked for the clients’ limited budget. epos architecture followed the existing typography of the site with the original hotel lobby becoming the centre point to the contemporary garden, transformed into a communal tea house to be shared. The verandah uses thin, delicate steel columns, painted in dark grey fluorocarbon paint as the frameworks, with the outdoor spaces flowing seamlessly into the landscape of rockery and plants. Enlarged in some spots, the verandah hosts flexible viewing platforms, providing “in-motion viewing” and “in-position viewing” in the courtyard. “It also turns an ornamental courtyard into a place where people can share, communicate and even love,” the architects add.
epos architecture believes in imparting poetic narratives onto modern design, borrowing from traditional Chinese architecture, or ancient Greek philosophies.
These platforms highlight the garden with large circular windows, immersing the sitter within the framework of the site. The verandah twists and turns throughout the garden island, applying the various views of the delicate landscape, with the former canopies replaced and extended into a closed loop, finishing and beginning with the teahouse. The deliberate extension between the outdoor spaces and open plan tea house and verandah nooks, creates an easy transfer, overlapping into the natural environment. “The original design intent is not to design a garden, but to create an environment overlapping daily life and poetic scenes,” the architects explain, “which is exactly in line with the spirit of Chinese traditional gardens.” epos architecture Photography by ARCH-EXIST We think you might also like Cloister House by Formwerkzabc
The outdoor spaces flow seamlessly into the landscape of rockery and plants.
Shigeru designed Fuseika House with three façades that open and a “neutral zone” between the interior and exterior perimeter. Timber louvre doors slide around the outside edge to open and close the house, and timber-framed glass doors slide around the interior edge. “These doors control light, wind and the privacy of the house, as we move them according to the daily weather or the time of the day,” Shigeru describes. These wide openings are possible because of the cantilevered reinforced-concrete structure that is visible inside and out. “It gives a strong image of the massing, and the frame and interior finish are thought of as one and the same,” says Shigeru. The contrast with the sliding timber doors accentuates the form and massing of the concrete, and the exposed board-formed concrete interior is raw, honest and textured.
The contrast with the sliding timber doors accentuates the form and massing of the concrete.
The bedroom is on the ground floor where the concrete walls and ceiling give it an almost subterranean feel. The living, dining and kitchen are on the first floor, surrounded by a timber platform that provides a close-up connection to the trees. “They are an integral part of the house as well as obscuring the direct view of private living areas when the sliding doors are open,” Shigeru explains. The roof provides a deep eave and minimises the distinction between inside and outside. A concrete bath abuts the edge of the deck, creating the feeling of an outdoor bathroom. The sitting room on the second floor has a view into the tree canopy, and windows at the ends of the pitched roof bring light deeper into the first-floor plan. Open and closely connected to its environment, Fuseika House is enlivened by the breeze, sunlight and rain. It is naturally cooled by the wind, the trees filter sunlight and cast shadows across the interior, and the house comes alive with the sight and sound of rainfall. T Square Design Associates t2designassociates.com Photography by Shigeo Ogawa We think you might also like IH House by Andra Martinabc
Located between two rivers it would receive the prevailing breeze that comes down from the mountain and across the two rivers.