A site to be­hold

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jar­rad Be­van

WHEN a home­owner, ar­chi­tect and builder are the same per­son, the re­sult is a stun­ning property like the South­ern Out­let House.

Ar­chi­tect Philip M Dinge­manse said his fam­ily’s South­ern Out­let House was a site­spe­cific study of the con­tri­bu­tion a pri­vate res­i­dence may make to the pub­lic do­main.

Sit­u­ated on a north- east fac­ing slope ad­ja­cent to a ma­jor ar­te­rial road in the Launce­s­ton sub­urb of Prospect, Philip said the core re­quire­ments of a “cli­mat­i­cally re­spon­sive and com­fort­able fam­ily home’’ un­der­pinned the project.

“The build­ing was sited and planned to max­imise the at­tributes of the lo­ca­tion and work within the con­straints of a steep slope and re­stric­tive budget,’’ he said.

“It also de­liv­ers on the core brief re­quire­ments of a fam­ily home closely con­nected to the gar­den.’’

Philip adopted a strat­egy from early 20th century naval cam­oufl age, the dazzle tech­nique, em­ployed not in or­der to con­ceal the mass of the build­ing but rather to ma­nip­u­late its pub­lic face, ad­just its scale and sug­gest an­other di­men­sion to the other­wise fl at fa­cade.

An­other infl uence was the im­pact of heavy ve­hi­cle traffi c and large rec­tan­gu­lar loads, which were ref­er­enced in the home’s for­mal strat­egy and lit­er­ally in the ad­di­tion of “truck lights to defi ne the roof edge’’.

“The pub­lic face is per­haps changed in its form and na­ture and be­comes just an­other high­way direc­tional sign, ve­hi­cle, bill­board or piece of pub­lic art,’’ he said.

Philip’s de­sign was rel­a­tively small in fl oor area, how­ever, a high ceil­ing in the liv­ing area pro­vides an air of gen­eros­ity.

Stu­dio views across the liv­ing spa­ces and its large work bench forms a ceil­ing to the sunken lounge be­low, pro­vid­ing an in­ti­mate and shel­tered area within the larger vol­ume.

The chil­dren’s area has the ca­pac­ity to be sep­a­rated into two spa­ces as needs change with age.

Philip said each liv­ing space had a dif­fer­ent con­nec­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence of the site.

He said the ter­race and out­door liv­ing space was fo­cused on the fore­ground gar­den, na­tive bush and high- level fo­liage.

“The din­ing wall open­ing re­moves the fore­ground and fo­cuses on the city view op­po­site and moun­tains be­yond,’’ he said.

“The lounge in­cor­po­rates the ar­te­rial road and dis­tant views be­yond. Con­nec­tions made to out­side and the in­te­rior fi nish func­tion to make a com­fort­able and wel­com­ing fam­ily home.’’

The build­ing’s struc­ture is en­tirely tim­ber­frame con­struc­tion and the in­te­rior is lined with FSC- cer­tifi ed ply­wood.

The en­tire build­ing en­ve­lope is in­su­lated be­yond build­ing code re­quire­ments and min­eral wool in­su­la­tion is aug­mented with a high- per­for­mance rigid- phe­no­lic in­su­la­tion board.

All of the fa­cade cladding was in­stalled over a bat­ten to form a fully ven­ti­lated ex­ter­nal skin.

The limited build­ing fl oor area – 144sq m of ther­mally con­trolled hab­it­able space – re­duced the use of build­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Philip said the use of FSC- cer­tifi ed ply­wood on the in­te­rior en­sured ab­so­lute con­trol and use of all the ma­te­rial, re­duc­ing waste and cost.

“High lev­els of ther­mal con­trol of the build­ing en­ve­lope, good so­lar ori­en­ta­tion and util­i­sa­tion of en­ergy- effi cient tech­nolo­gies limit cur­rent and fu­ture run­ning costs, to­gether with longterm en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact,’’ he said.

Philip M Dinge­manse runs a Tas­ma­nian ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign stu­dio in his own name that en­gages in res­i­den­tial, in­te­rior and commercial projects.

The South­ern Out­let House was nom­i­nated in the res­i­den­tial ar­chi­tec­ture new houses cat­e­gory in the Tas­ma­nian Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards.

To vote in the 2014 Tas­ma­nian Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards People’s Choice Prize, visit www. ar­chi­tec­ture. com. au/ events/ state- ter­ri­tory/ tas- events- awards Voting for the people’s choice award closes on June 18.

Any­one in­ter­ested in putting their own home up for con­sid­er­a­tion for house of the week can email jar­rad.be­van@news.com.au

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