Dream view set

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME -

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.

Jessica Howard

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