Good Residence in Melbourne

by Crone Partners
Good Residence in Melbourne Crone Partners

Embracing the challenge of a relatively tight inner suburban location, and restrictive building envelope, the designers worked closely with the client to rationalise their “wish list” into a concise and deliverable brief. Little was lost in this process and even less in the translation to a finished home for the builder / client and their young family.
The house’s finely detailed bold rectilinear form is set back from the street amidst a carpet of natural ground cover. Entrance down the side of the house is made via a subtle path formed from old railway sleepers embedded into the ground. Whilst sitting comfortably in its street context proportionally, and with setbacks respectful of its neighbouring properties, the view from the street confirms immediately that this house is quite different to those around it.
The project is realised through a series of simple intersecting and overlapping rectangular forms. Each “box” represents a distinct portion of the overall program. A sleeping / study zone, a living zone, a garage / workshop, and cantilevered above all of this, a parents retreat, complete with its own living area and secluded outdoor terrace.
The forms of the building have been carefully articulated as both screening devices for privacy, and elements that frame and define views. The robust external cladding that changes appearance significantly in different weather and lighting conditions, gives way to a warm and welcoming interior, filled with natural light, high ceilings, double height voids and sensuous materials. Extensive use and clever placement of high performance double glazing draws light into every room. The line between interior and exterior is blurred, with banks of operable louvres and huge sliding glass panels presenting the family with the ability to engage directly with the outside environment, or to close the place down completely, dependant on the variable Melbourne climate.



Whilst not overtly “green” in appearance the house design is based on sound ESD principles. Ultimately the design is about handing control to the occupant through a solution that is highly interactive. The passive design solutions, and the options they provide, have resulted in a house that relies little on the active cooling and heating systems that have been installed. The designers deliberately pushed their exploration of the project form and aesthetic, whilst maintaining the highest level of sustainability. The initiatives incorporated into the design include:

High performance tinted double glazing.
Solid heavily insulated west façade with limited openings.
Increased internal thermal mass to minimise diurnal temperature fluctuation.
Floating Level 1 cantilever box provides shading from the north sun to the main living area
Passive cooling via natural cross ventilation – the entire place can be opened up with a combination of large sliding glass panels and glazed louvres
Double skin façade to the exposed east on Level 1 provides both visual privacy and excellent thermal control. The external skin is made up entirely of opaque glass louvres.
20,000 litre rain water storage tank below ground for reuse in toilet flushing and irrigation.
Solar access to the feature lap pool has been maximised by aligning the building as close as possible to the south west boundary.
Roof mounted solar heating for the pool.
Underfloor slab heating to Ground Floor.

The house presents as a blank canvas, onto which the family inserts the detail of their ever changing lives. It provides flexibility for growth and change, with spaces that can be opened up and connected, or closed down for more restricted and intimate use. The primary living zone has been created to serve the clients specific needs for an interactive informal space that caters for the variance of their day to day lives. It flows effortlessly from one functional area to another and can be opened up to embrace the adjoining outdoor spaces, in particular the northerly orientated back yard and lap pool.

Photos by: Derek Swalwell
Source: Contemporist

Sponsor

Sponsor

  • Flinders House

    Flinders House

    Located on a stretch of cliff-top land with views towards the sea, the site is at the end of cul de sac and abuts the Flinders Golf Course on two sides. The brief was to design “...

  • Maison Glissade

    Maison Glissade

    We started working together in 2007 on a complex modern residential project in Collingwood, Ontario. While the project provided many challenges in both design and cost effectivenes...

  • Dubrovka Apartment

    Dubrovka Apartment

    Architect Peter Zaytsev – the partner in za bor architects – had designed this small apartment for his family. This small studio is located on 24th floor of newly built «Dubro...

  • Midvale Courtyard House

    Midvale Courtyard House

    Midvale Courtyard House is a renovation project undertaken by Bruns Architecture. It is located in Madison, Wisconsin, and consists of the addition of 840 square feet and modernizi...

  • Dutchess House No. 1

    Dutchess House No. 1

    This sustainable, contemporary residence by New York architects Grzywinski + Pons is located in Millerton, New York, USA. It was completed in 2012 and includes a separate guesthous...

  • A Contemporary Remodel of a Mid-Century Modern Home

    A Contemporary Remodel of..

    Originally built in 1967, this home was remodeled by its owner, film producer and director Kevin Pruitt. It is located in Austin, Texas, and mixes rustic and more elegant contempor...

  • 27 Main Street

    27 Main Street

    With private entry to Rubie Thompson Reserve and presiding over a tree-lined cul-de-sac; award-winning architect Robert Simeoni presents an artful blend of contemporary style in th...

  • Hillgate Street Residence

    Hillgate Street Residence

    A new build contemporary house designed by Seth Stein Architects. Set behind a traditional façade within Hillgate Village in Notting Hill the plan extends 26 metres (85 feet) in l...

  • Tubabu Stool

    Tubabu Stool

    Basque designer Martín Azúa has created the Tubabu stool. The stool is made from beech wood. From the designer, “The three legs are inserted in the seat. The footrest is attach...

  • House Among Trees

    House Among Trees

    The landscape of Mar Azul, a seaside resort near Villa Gesell and 400 km from Buenos Aires, is full of thick forest of different kinds of pine trees, acacias and black poplars as w...

Mit der Nutzung unserer Webseite, stimmen Sie der Verwendung von Cookies zu. Mehr erfahren.