The clients brief for this project was to redesign the living areas of an existing two storey house. The rear of the house is to be demolished to make way for a new living areas wing to be reoriented the living spaces to face North to improve solar access to the existing poorly oriented house. A high pitched roof was proposed to tie the extension in with the existing building and allow for highlight windows to achieve further penetration of solar access.
The new focal point of the proposed extension will be a courtyard with a feature native tree proving an outlook from the living areas and a functional space for entertaining. The kitchen, dining and bar areas are to be visually linked by a continues counter running the full length of the extension.
Sydney Architecture Festival
A team project in which a completely recyclable pavilion was erected in the Customs House forecourt at Circular Quay for part of the Sydney Architecture Festival.
The pavilion, constructed of cardboard tubes held in plywood frames, was first assembled at the Tramsheds on UNSW’s Randwick campus before being broken down and transported into the city for a one-day reassembly for the festival.
The pavilion was designed as a talking point, to bring attention to issues of sustainability, whilst creating an interesting architectural element as part of the annual architectural festival.
An existing house with heritage significance was not meeting the needs of the family living there, with a husband and wife and three sons, they had run out of space for lifestyle. An approach was taken to separate the addition from the existing house, connected by a glass link, allowing the old to be old and the new to be new. The new addition is a glass and timber clad box that does not compete with the character of the original house but creates a new character of its own.
The new addition is clad with weathered hardwood and features a large sliding timber batten screen allowing maximum solar access during winter that can be pulled across during summer to act as a sun breaker minimising the need for active heating and cooling.
This 12 month research project undertaken at the University of New South Wales sought to identify the shortcomings of contemporary 'faux-sustainable' architecture. By conceptualising this high density project as an integral part of the eco-system in which it was located, opportunities were sought out to integrate the built environment with the natural environment.
Where typically the built environment is seen as a commodity that depletes the natural environment, the response is typically to strive to simply do 'less bad'. However this project was approached with the goal of providing the natural environment with something more than it could achieve without the built form. By increasing the footprint of each tower as it got higher, this not only freed up the ground plane for vegetation and water retention but also provided large roof areas for additional landscaping treatment. The result was a larger area of vegetation than would be available if the site were to remain undeveloped.
The second stage of the design investigated available technologies to further connect the architecture with the landscape such as anaerobic digestion, grey and black water treatment systems, recyclable plastic technologies and the stack effect for building ventilation.
Oyster Bay House
This project was to design a new house to replace an existing aged cottage. There was a very large existing Jacaranda tree in the backyard, so the new house was designed with the Jacaranda as the focal point for the whole house.
Captured views, double height spaces and cross ventilation were all key aspects in the design of this house. The client specifically wanted to minimise the need for active conditioning of the spaces, so an environmental consultant was engaged to assess the thermal performance of the house.