Misho’s mod­u­lar marvel

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jar­rad Be­van Any­one in­ter­ested in putting their own home up for con­sid­er­a­tion for house of the week can email jar­rad. be­van@ news. com. au

IDEAS that ar­chi­tect Misho Vasil­je­vich had con­sid­ered for his own home in­spired the de­sign of a house at Pre­may­dena for one of his clients.

The house was a nom­i­nee in last month’s Tas­ma­nian Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards small project cat­e­gory.

Misho, di­rec­tor of Misho + As­so­ciates, said light­ness, sim­ple mod­u­lar pro­por­tions, screen­ing and lay­er­ing in­spired the house de­sign.

He said to ad­dress the is­sue of cold, salty wind, the house is “a box within a box’’.

And to ad­dress the clients’ re­quest for two bed­rooms and en­suites that were sep­a­rated from the liv­ing area, the house is also “a box be­side a box’’.

“The mod­u­lar boxes within and be­side each other is a sim­ple yet highly suc­cess­ful plan­ning sys­tem,’’ Misho said.

“Ar­eas can be eas­ily closed off if un­used and light is gained pas­sively, even when the ex­ter­nal pan­els are closed on a bright but windy day, by a set of broad clerestory win­dows, on the long axis.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion of boxes within and be­side each other gen­er­ates a se­ries of el­e­gant liv­ing spa­ces that pro­vide respite from the ex­ter­nal el­e­ments and op­por­tu­ni­ties to re- en­gage with daily rit­u­als.’’

All tim­ber used in the house was plan­ta­tion­grown hard­wood.

The house is highly vis­i­ble due to its ex­ter­nal or­ange metal pan­els, which refl ect the or­ange lichen on the boul­ders at Roar­ing Beach.

Misho said his clients, who es­cape to Pre­may­dena from in­ter­state, needed a house that could be to­tally or par­tially closed down for se­cu­rity rea­sons and which would ex­clude the cold north- easterly wind. He said ex­ter­nal red and or­ange gal­vanised steel pan­els, with baked paint fi nish, slide open to re­veal a shel­tered ve­randa.

“In­side, two aligned ‘ boxes’ are con­tained within tim­ber screens,’’ Misho said.

“The dou­ble skin, steel and tim­ber with ve­ran­dah air- space be­tween, con­trib­ute to an in­su­la­tion rat­ing of R8.

“Win­dows align per­fectly with the parted pan­els and min­i­mal in­ter­nal or­na­men­ta­tion al­lows the res­i­dents to muse on the shift­ing clouds or geo­met­ric pat­terns of light cast on the ve­randa when the pan­els are closed on a bright, windy day.

“Ther­mally bro­ken alu­minium dou­ble- glazed win­dows, 2000mm eaves and so­lar gain also gen­er­ate this ex­tremely high rat­ing.

“Wa­ter is har­vested to three 10,000- litre tanks and an En­vi­ro­cy­cle grey/ black wa­ter sys­tem ir­ri­gates re- veg­e­ta­tion plant­ing around the house.’’

He said the home’s de­sign was also well suited for vis­i­tors.

To min­imise main­te­nance and en­ergy costs, an evac­u­ated so­lar tube hot- wa­ter sys­tem works effi ciently, even in win­ter and in low so­lar in­ten­sity, Bright­green LED lights were used through­out and the roof is zinc, with 450mm stain­less steel gut­ters.

“Zinc is a ma­te­rial that ages well with time, is main­te­nance- free and 100 per cent re­cy­clable, and has a very high fi re rat­ing, which is nec­es­sary in such a re­mote area,’’ Misho said.

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