Dream view set
NCE the ugly duckling of building materials and confi ned to the commercial sector, concrete is shaping up to be a star in its own right in this year’s Tasmanian Architecture Awards.
Many of the residential nominees are examples of embracing the virtues of concrete, something which has been a long time coming, architect Craig Rosevear said.
“It’s something that has been around forever, since the Romans, but it’s really only been taken on board in houses in a sustainable way in recent years,” he said.
Along with Rosevears Architects partner Martin Stephenson, Craig was one of the designers of the Churchill residence at Dolphin Sands, which uses durable concrete block on three sides of the home plus a slab for the flooring which aids thermal mass.
The project has been nominated in the new houses category of the awards.
Situated at Nine Mile Beach, the residence was built for a Sydney couple who will soon retire to Tasmania.
With a height limit of 5m and a restriction which forces houses back 20m from the shore, the site largely dictated the design of the home, which deliberately faces away from the north.
“The only problem with that is all the houses are building right up to that 20m mark, so you get this strange proxy line that is defi ned by regulations and not the sensibilities of the site itself,” Craig said.
“But it did make sense to push the house as far forward as possible.
“It’s hard to restrain yourself from wanting to aim the house directly at the Hazards.”
Consisting of two pavilions sharing a podium with a steel viewing deck, the western pavilion contains the master bedroom and ensuite, while the guest
GRAND DESIGN: The Churchill residence located at Dolphin Sands is a prime example of what can be done with concrete in modern designs.