About Habitusliving

 

Habitus is a movement for living in design. We’re an intelligent community of original thinkers in constant search of native uniqueness in our region.

 

From our base in Australia, we strive to capture the best edit, curating the stories behind the stories for authentic and expressive living.

 

Habitusliving.com explores the best residential architecture and design in Australia and Asia Pacific.

 

Learn more

Building a New Beginning After the Canberra Bushfires

Kuhnellco Architecture - Archer Family Residence | Habitus Living

The 2003 Canberra Bushfires devastated a large portion of the Australian Capital Territory leaving many with the prospect of rebuilding in its wake. The Archer family residence by Kuhnellco Architecture is a testament to the idea of ‘new beginnings’.

Canberra juggles with the lofty task of being Australia’s capital city and political heartland while also being dwarfed in population by Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. As the country’s largest inland city, Canberra’s unique location means that there is ample bushland surrounding and weaving through its suburbs and national icons. While this provides distinctive lifestyle opportunities for its relatively youthful population including easy-to-access recreational activities, the significant presence of bushland presents a potential hazard during the notorious bushfire season.

Peter-Kuhnell---Archer-Residence-160

After the 2003 Canberra bushfires, a parcel of land was re-released for sale, of which a small portion was purchased by the young Archer family. Seeking to build a home that complemented the surrounding landscape, the Archers enlisted the skills of Peter Kuhnell of Kuhnellco Architecture to create a family home that would adapt to the family’s changing needs.

“The project is about new beginnings for a young family. It’s a response to the harsh beauty and extremes of the surrounding landscape,” begins architect Peter Kuhnell, “I took the Australian rural vernacular as inspiration, and as such, the detailing of the pavilions is deliberately uncomplicated.”

peter-kuhnell-archer-residence

The ensuing home is heavy on timber, with the pale wood blending in seamlessly with the vibrant greens and earthy colours surrounding the plot of land. Kuhnell was conscious of needing to create a fluid space for the Archer family, resulting in a central communal pavilion for family gatherings, and a variety of spaces extending out from it. The mix of spaces gives the residents the ability to come together as a family, and find privacy when they so choose.

Peter-Kuhnell---Archer-Residence-208

“We investigated the idea of “starting out” through the planning, looking at post-colonial settlements, where utility takes priority, and pre-colonial gathering places which often incorporate ceremonial communal area,” continues Kuhnell, “we approached this project with the theme of new beginnings, not just for the Archer’s but also for their community.”

Kuhnellco Architecture
kuhnellco.com.au

Words by Christina Rae.

Photography by Roger D’Souza.

Kuhnellco Architecture - Archer Family Residence | Habitus Living

Peter-Kuhnell---Archer-Residence-329

Peter-Kuhnell---Archer-Residence-319

Peter-Kuhnell---Archer-Residence-163

Peter-Kuhnell---Archer-Residence-088

Peter-Kuhnell---Archer-Residence-082

Tags: , , , , ,