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The South Australian sandstone villa with complete acoustic harmony

The South Australian sandstone villa with complete acoustic harmony

The South Australian sandstone villa with complete acoustic harmony

Premium Schüco aluminium window systems forge a strong connection with the outdoors while also sealing out bustling noise in this South Australian sandstone villa.

This award-winning addition to a grand sandstone villa in South Australia received international attention for its clever blend of design and functionality. In 2022, the project by Architects Ink won the Residential – Houses (Alterations & Additions) category and the John Schenk Award at the South Australian Architecture Awards.

This home is truly an ode to the adventurous spirit of the homeowners. Seeking a marriage between luxurious lifestyle and optimal performance, Architect Marco Spinelli endeavoured to recognise the main goal for the new addition: an emphasis on connection. The addition was built with the primary intention of accommodating for extended family, as well as forging a stronger connection with the natural environment and the expansive north-facing rear yard.

Located deep within the site, this addition provides all of the living areas and bedrooms a northern aspect to the garden, pool and tennis court. The picture of absolute luxury, there was one main challenge in the design: the home is located beneath a major flight path. This made acoustic control absolutely critical, as well as establishing a strong visual connection with the outdoor spaces from the interior. Spinelli made use of Insitu concrete walls and roofing to help seal the home against background aeroplane noise before approaching the challenge of the windows.

High-performance acoustic windows were absolutely crucial to protect the acoustic peace of the interior. The windows needed to seal out all background aviation noise as well as optimise cross ventilation and security – a tall order indeed. Thankfully, Schüco window systems provided a golden opportunity. Working with window specialists KR Installations, the final design utilised multiple fixed windows, a pair of sliding doors, and tilt and turn windows which were strategically located to achieve cross ventilation. These included:

•             Schüco FWS 60 CV 

•             Schüco ASS 39 PD.NI 

•             Schüco  AWS 65 Projected Top Hung

•             Schüco  AWS 65 Tilt and Turn 

•             Schüco  ADS 65 HD

Schüco was the ideal choice for this situation due to its extremely slim profile and capacity for extensive glazing. This helped to protect peace inside the home whilst maintaining a strong visual link to the world outside. Simultaneously, the tilt and turn systems give homeowners the power to remotely control their Schüco windows and doors – a masterpiece of flexibility and functionality.

Schüco products are distributed throughout Australia by Capral Aluminium. Renowned as world-leaders in innovation, efficiency and technical proficiency, Schüco products are ideal for prestigious and complex architectural endeavours.

Schüco x Capral Aluminium


Project details

Architecture – Architects Ink – Marco Spinelli 
Builder – Krivic Built – Ian Krivic
Fabricator – KR Installations
Photographer – Shane Harris 

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Juliet Taylor is one of the leading content writers for Indesign Media Asia Pacific where she publishes weekly research articles across multiple platforms. She graduated from the Australian National University in 2021, with a strong portfolio of academic writing as well as writing for entertainment. Her specialty is in media and philosophy, though she shares a passion for interior design with the Indesign Media conglomerate. Her work with Indesign Media covers a broad range of subjects including interior design trends, architectural advancements, materials and the evolution of modern construction, products and processes for a healthier home, and the proper care of flora. Juliet writes for both residential and commercial audiences and over the past year working with Indesign Media has produced research articles in the hundreds for architects and interior design enthusiasts alike.