Room with a shapely view

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jar­rad Be­van

ORIG­I­NALLY de­signed by ar­chi­tect Fred Hud­son in 1972, Neika house was com­posed of four hexag­o­nal pavil­ions care­fully placed on a bench in the foothills of Mt Welling­ton.

The new own­ers use the house as a shack to es­cape on week­ends or snowy days, but found it needed up­dat­ing to cre­ate a restora­tive fam­ily place on the moun­tain.

De­signed by JAWSar­chi­tects, two hexagons have been al­tered to bet­ter defi ne, link and con­nect the res­i­dence to its spec­tac­u­lar east slop­ing site.

Project ar­chi­tect Cather­ine Wil­liams said new tim­ber screens in the kitchen and din­ing pavil­ion guide move­ment around a sculp­tural kitchen bench to the din­ing space, lo­cated on the prow of the big view.

She said the lounge pavil­ion has been de­signed to cre­ate two dis­tinct zones.

“Daybeds al­low seat­ing on the edge of the view, while the sunken lounge and free­stand­ing fi re­place cre­ate a place of re­treat at the heart of the house,” she said.

“The third pavil­ion was re­tained as the sleep­ing area, with the fourth hous­ing the bath­room and laun­dry/ mud room.”

Ms Wil­liams said the ply­wood wall lin­ings, tim­ber fl oor­ing and doors were reused or matched to re­tain the in­for­mal char­ac­ter and sense of the era.

“The rough sawn ex­ter­nal boards were re­painted in char­coal to set­tle the house into the ver­dant sur­round­ings,” she said.

One of the big­gest chal­lenges that was over­come with this project was that it was con­ceived and con­structed in less than a year, in­clud­ing all of the re­quired ap­proval pro­cesses.

This was pos­si­ble, Ms Wil­liams said, due to the great re­la­tion­ship that was es­tab­lished be­tween the JAWS team who worked on the project, the “very cre­ative and en­gaged clients” and the “ex­cel­lent builder” Stu­art Law­less from Law­less Builders.

“There was al­ways an open cre­ative di­a­logue – the en­tire process was plea­sur­able – de­sign­ing, con­struct­ing and cel­e­brat­ing in the fi nished house was some­thing ev­ery­one en­joyed,” she said.

Neika was nom­i­nated in the small project ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory in the Tas­ma­nian Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards.

It is not too late 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 Wed­nes­day, June 18.

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