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One of the de­signer’s favourite things about the Pad­dock House is the way the home has been di­vided into three wings — in­clud­ing ones for cen­tral liv­ing, a pri­vate bed­room, study and garage area, writes JAR­RAD BE­VAN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

Lon­nie home gets the bal­ance right.

WHEN de­sign­ing a con­tem­po­rary fam­ily home in St Leonards for his client, S. Group ar­chi­tect and di­rec­tor Sam Haberle was fo­cused on con­nect­ing the chil­dren’s play area, main liv­ing spa­ces and the home’s of­fice.

“This home is cen­tred around fam­ily in­ter­ac­tion,” he said, “how the liv­ing spa­ces and the spa­ces in-be­tween con­nect and en­cour­age fam­ily in­ter­ac­tion.”

Sam said the bal­ance of flex­i­ble pub­lic and pri­vate spa­ces was a crit­i­cal as­pect of the de­sign devel­op­ment.

“The idea for the Pad­dock House was to blur and grade the lines be­tween liv­ing and bed­room spa­ces and max­imise the op­por­tu­nity for fam­ily and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion be­tween these spa­ces,” he said.

The de­sign re­sponds by sep­a­rat­ing these spa­ces with shel­tered, out­door decks and gar­den ar­eas that main­tain a vis­ual con­nec­tion through the glaz­ing.

Sam said the home’s ex­ter­nal punc­tures al­low in­te­grated, com­fort­able and func­tional in­door-out­door liv­ing, shel­ter­ing the oc­cu­pants from the nat­u­ral el­e­ments.

The ex­te­rior of the prop­erty was fin­ished in weath­ered tim­bers and char­coal tones to blend it into the bush landscape.

“We used spot­ted gum on the ex­te­rior with var­ied cladding ori­en­ta­tion to com­ple­ment the form of the home,” Sam said.

In­side the house, Sam noted the floors of the main liv­ing ar­eas were pol­ished con­crete.

“With the home’s north­ern ori­en­ta­tion, these floors al­low pas­sive heating,” he said.

“One of my favourite fea­tures of this house would be the way the home has been di­vided into three wings — the cen­tral liv­ing wing, a pri­vate bed­room wing, and the study and garage area.

“Each of these spa­ces are in­ter­nally con­nected and are com­ple­mented by ex­ter­nal con­nec­tion, too.”

While work­ing on a broad range of projects across the state — in­clud­ing com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial ar­chi­tec­ture along­side brand and dig­i­tal de­sign, photography and videog­ra­phy — S. Group has a core group of builders it works with when con­struct­ing homes for its clients.

“There is a great group of five or six dif­fer­ent builders who build our homes, how­ever, we are not for­mally aligned,” Sam said.

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