Amidst a suburban golfing estate along the western fringe of Ballarat in regional Victoria, the monotony of cookie-cutter houses is interposed by one that’s notably not like the others. In a sea of houses that strive to stretch out as close to their properties’ boundaries as possible, Ballarat House holds back, leaving ample space for a garden to flourish around three sides of the house. Heralding a distinctly modernist perspective, Ballarat House is low in elevation and linear in form. A robust material palette of concrete block and timber cladding brings a subtle sense of monumentality to the otherwise modest street-facing elevation. With much restraint, Eldridge Anderson achieves the same sense of composure throughout the interior. The wide entry hallway extends through the middle of the plan, lined with cypress cladding concealing utility spaces, and pitches in height toward the living spaces. In the generous living volume, the ceiling continues to rake to the north, enhancing the humble scale of the entry, whilst allowing sunlight deep into the concrete slab underfoot through winter.
Heralding a distinctly modernist perspective, Ballarat House is low in elevation and linear in form.
With the same pared-back simplicity applied to the exterior, Ballarat House’s interior is characterised by burnished grey concrete floors and custom ply joinery. The only surprise being the juxtaposition of raw concrete blocks topped with fine Carrara marble to form the kitchen island. All in all, the clients’ brief was reasonable – even quaint – but not without its challenges. Already working within a lean budget, Eldridge Anderson was under added pressure to keep build costs of design down. The resulting abode is a harmonious architectural reconciliation between conflicting ideals. Robust yet refined; rational while sympathetic; disciplined but not austere; a bespoke design for a volume home build. Eldridge Anderson eldridgeanderson.com.au Photography by Derek Swalwell Dissection Information Boral blockwork walls in standard grey Frencham Cypress timber cladding in Cabot’s Hacienda Grey Boral plasterboard in Dulux Natural White Plyco plywood in Osmo Polyx-Oil Raw Valley Windows timber frames in Cabot’s Light Oak Aneeta sashless windows Burnished concrete by Geelong Concrete Grinding Beyond Tiles honed bluestone tiles CDK Stone Elba marble benchtop and splashback Gubi Semi pendant Smeg oven, cooktop, rangehood and dishwasher Astra Walker Icon mixer, bathroom tapware, showers and accessories Franke Ariane kitchen sink Studio Bagno Unlimited 70 basin We think you might also like Matilda House by Templeton Architecture abc
A robust material palette of concrete block and timber cladding brings a subtle sense of monumentality to the otherwise modest street-facing elevation.
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Anna wanted to transform her weatherboard worker’s cottage into a considered, practical and comfortable home with a focus on sustainability. “A sustainable house begins with its design. Anna was open to finding the best sustainable solutions tailored to her project, and we sought to ensure the design did everything it could to positively impact the environment and neighbourhood,” Paul explains. Keeping the house small and single storey was the first and most effective sustainable action and met Anna’s requirements for the house as she is the sole occupant. Creating a house that optimises passive solar design improves the energy efficiency and comfort of Anna’s home, while solar panels and water tanks reduce use of mains electricity and water.
Gardiner Architects created a modern, comfortable and energy- and space-efficient two-bedroom house.
By retaining and reusing existing building stock and services where possible, landfill and the need for additional materials is minimised, while construction practices, such as reducing waste, using ethically sourced materials and engaging eco-friendly demolition companies, also increase the sustainability factor of a house. Guided by these principles, Gardiner Architects created a modern, comfortable and energy- and space-efficient two-bedroom house. The front of the cottage has been retained, with the period feature of the façade restored, and the bedrooms refurbished. “Repairing the old house was respectful of the streetscape and allowed for the budget and new architectural gesture to be left for the addition to the house,” says Paul. Removing the run-down lean-to, Gardiner Architects designed a new addition that wraps around a central courtyard and opens to the rear garden. An awkward walk-through living room has been replaced by a new bathroom, study and hallway – the study and hall receiving light and air through the courtyard. A separate toilet, laundry and storage flank the corridor, and the kitchen bench extends partway through the corridor into the living area. The raised ceiling above the open-plan dining and lounge enhances the spaciousness of the room and allows for high-level windows and louvres to capture the sun and prevailing breeze. Eaves shield the interior from the high summer sun and the concrete slab floor (topped with timber) provides thermal mass to maintain a temperate climate inside. A simple palette of timber and white provides a subdued backdrop to Anna’s collection of art and furniture – special pieces from her family and travels around the world. “Most people will only renovate or build a home once in their life. This house aligns with Anna’s needs and lifestyle and provides a sustainable solution that will see it perform well into the future,” says Paul. Gardiner Architects gardinerarch.com.au Photography by Tess Kelly Dissection Information Timber Revival Recycled Messmate flooring Provans Timber Hardware Radial Sawn cladding in Silvertop Ash Ventech NFG Ironbark timber veneer kitchen joinery unit Ventech NFG Blackbutt timber veneer bathroom unit Faucet Strommen Chisel tapware in Brushed Chrome Kethy New Aero hardware in Walnut Academy Tiles 834408 Mosaic Tiles splashback De Fazio Bianco Carrara C Marble bathroom tiles Dulux Natural White SW1F4 We think you might also like Exoskeleton House by Studio Takt abc
Eaves shield the interior from the high summer sun and the concrete slab floor (topped with timber) provides thermal mass to maintain a temperate climate inside.
Situated opposite Edinburgh Gardens in one of Melbourne’s most candidly cultural suburbs, North Fitzroy, the house belongs to a creative entrepreneur with a young family. When the client – a lover of art, wine and entertaining – first purchased the home, he engaged Nest Architects to renovate the main dwelling, and plug the hole that was once the pool with a new stand-alone building comprising a basement wine cellar with an artist’s studio on top. As project architect at Nest at the time, Imogen helped to make it happen. Seven years on, and things had changed; Imogen had set up a private architectural practice of her own and the clients’ lifestyle and needs had evolved. “The client enjoys hosting soirees in the impressive underground cellar but often needed more space for people to gather and spread out of the cavernous cellar space,” says Imogen of what initiated the project’s second phase. “Family and friends are often visiting from overseas and interstate, and the space needed to provide a private place for people to stay with autonomy from the main house.”
“Family and friends are often visiting from overseas and interstate, and the space needed to provide autonomy from the main house.”
At the beginning of the project, the client suggested turning the studio space into a more traditional living area – with carpet, wallpaper and pendant lighting – however the prism shaped space called for a different treatment. As a way of expressing and celebrating the volume of the space Imogen suggested using a single material: the project became an exercise in materiality, by way of expressing form. Rather than divide up the space into smaller areas, the space is designed as one room with a bed, storage and cooling hidden in the walls. “When the owner is entertaining friends, there is no sense of the space being a bedroom, and when the bed is made up, the space becomes a lovely spacious studio apartment,” says Imogen. Blackbutt plywood panels were chosen for their rich brown hues, figurative flame and inherent sustainability credentials. The expressed shadowlines are matched with the details of the existing space – drawing the eye to the skylight, down the wall to the window and around the walls to help make sense of the geometry of the space. The flooring is also blackbutt and picks up all the different colours present in the wall and ceiling panels. The same material is used in the cabinetry that conceals a wall bed, air conditioning system and storage. Towards the end of the project, the client announced to Imogen that he had sourced a painting by Will MacKinnon to adorn the studio. “At two-point-two by three-point-three metres in size, we weren’t sure if it would fit,” says Imogen. As it turns out, it fit like a glove. “When you are in the studio it looks like the side of the room opens up to a landscape beyond the mouth of a cave – transporting you to another place altogether,” says Imogen. Imogen Pullar imogenpullar.com Photography by Dan Fuge Photography Dissection Information Blackbutt armourply and floorboards from Big River Timber Vintage pendants from Angelucci 20th Century Furniture from Angelucci 20th Century Ej315 sofa by Erik Jorgensen for Jorgensen Mobler c1970 Spotlights from Brightgreen Invicta Alcor fireplace from Oblica Rug from Halcyon Lakes Artwork by Will MacKinnon Leather coat hooks by Made Measure Luna pull handle black from Lo and Co We think you might also like Type Street Apartment by Tsai Design abc
Blackbutt plywood panels were chosen for their rich brown hues, figurative flame and inherent sustainability credentials.
Videos for each session from June, now available to view online – see the links below to watch:
- Understanding Section J NCC 2019 for Windows and Doors Presented by Alspec
- Watermark Compliance Considerations – From A Drainage Perspective Presented by Stormtech
- Wood and Wellbeing Presented by Havwoods International
- Specifying Hardwoods with Confidence Presented by AHEC
- Hydration In The Workplace Specification Considerations 2020 Presented by Zip Water
Please register your interest for CPD Live below:
Understanding Section J NCC 2019 for Windows and Doors
25 June, 9.00am - 10.00am AEST
Please remember you are required to attend the full hour of the presentation in order to receive your formal CPD Certificate.
Session Synopsis:This CPD is designed to understand the requirements of Section J NCC 2019 and its implications on Window and Door selections. What are the impacts of different products on overall Façade performance and how they can affect building design.
Key Learning Outcomes:At the end of this presentation you should be able to:
- Identify and apply the new requirements for External Facades in NCC 2019
- Evaluate and apply knowledge about the performance of windows and walls
- Define the impacts of different products on overall facade performance
- Define the impacts of NCC 2019 on building design and apply to future projects