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 at www.architecture.com.au/tas
The winner will be notifi ed by phone on June 14.