Room with a shapely view
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.
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