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FAM­ILY home, of­fice, stu­dio – this house, which ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween in­door and out­door liv­ing, is all of th­ese things and more.

Work­ing with a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive palette of tim­ber and con­crete, 1+ 2 Ar­chi­tec­ture have cre­ated for own­ers An­nie and Peter a pri­vate oasis in the mid­dle of a dense sub­di­vi­sion in Sandy Bay.

Start­ing back in 2007, the pro­ject evolved over five years as owner- builder Peter worked on the house be­tween other jobs.

“An­nie is an artist and Peter is a builder, so they were re­ally good clients be­cause it was a great com­bi­na­tion of skills and ideas,” 1+ 2 Ar­chi­tec­ture’s Fred Ward said.

“An­nie brought to the ta­ble her cre­ativ­ity and a sculp­tural ap­proach to shapes and light and Peter, be­ing a builder, had a very tech­ni­cal mind.”

The long, steep, for­mer park­land site infl uenced the de­sign of the 334m2 pas­sive so­lar home, which is set over four stag­gered lev­els.

Light­weight tim­ber cladding is jux­ta­posed with the wide­spread use of con­crete ma­sonry, which was used to give a more com­mer­cial feel to the home and as an on­go­ing low­main­te­nance op­tion.

“It’s nice to build with ma­te­ri­als you can set and for­get, like tim­ber and con­crete,” Mr Ward said.

“Peter spends his day build­ing so he doesn’t want to come home and have to work on his own house, too.”

The face of the con­crete blocks were acid-washed to stun­ning ef­fect.

“What starts off as a con­crete block you’d build a toi­let block out of, once you wash the face of it, it re­veals the ag­gre­gate in the con­crete,” Mr Ward ex­plained.

“It’s a nice way of tak­ing a rel­a­tively mun­dane ma­te­rial to the next level.”

Open­ing up on all four sides, the house blurs the line be­tween in­door and out­door.

One of the stand­out fea­tures of the home is the cen­tral court­yard which pro­vides com­plete pri­vacy from neigh­bours and the busy nearby road.

An­nie’s art can be found scat­tered through­out the home, in­clud­ing a sculp­ture which ap­pears to melt into the court­yard floor.

“We found an op­por­tu­nity to in­cor­po­rate a bit of An­nie’s per­son­al­ity into the house,” Mr Ward said.

“One of the things we al­ways look for with res­i­den­tial projects is how to max­imise the way in which a house refl ects its owner. That’s what makes it a home in­stead of a house.”

Step­ping back in­side, the open- plan liv­ing area sprawls out in each di­rec­tion and is clev­erly lit by a glazed sky­light, which runs down the spine of the house.

Peter’s offi ce and the guest bed­rooms are found just a few steps from the liv­ing area and the mas­ter bed­room is like a crow’s nest at the top of the house with its own court­yard and view to­wards the river.

An­nie and Peter’s house has been nom­i­nated in the 2013 Tas­ma­nian Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards in the new houses cat­e­gory.

“We just think it’s a good house,” Mr Ward said of the de­ci­sion to en­ter the pro­ject. “We only put in projects which we think have a chance. In the end I think the key was it was a great col­lab­o­ra­tion and wor­thy of recog­ni­tion.”

Vote in the Peo­ple’s Choice prize in this year’s Tas­ma­nian Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards to be in the draw to win a Zip boil, chilled and sparkling Hy­dro­Tap unit worth $ 4345.

You can vote on­line for your favourite pro­ject at­chi­tec­

The win­ner will be no­tifi ed by phone on June 14.

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