DE­SIGN NOTE­BOOK

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The de­sign rules at Jack’s Point are pretty tight. How did you get this through? The in­ten­tion of the rules is that the houses re­late to their site, the land­scape and con­text. There are rules which are set so that peo­ple have pa­ram­e­ters to work with. But you can test them if there’s an­other way of do­ing things and it fits within the process. Also, when we started there were no other houses in the street.

Some of the spa­ces are small, but it never feels mean. How did you know it would work? We thought a lot about that – it’s all very well do­ing plans on the com­puter. While you get more of a sense of things when you draw – we do a lot of that phys­i­cally – we do mea­sure­ments of walls and try to get a sense of what that might feel like. You do get chal­lenged by peo­ple.

It seems glib to talk about boats – and yet it is rem­i­nis­cent of one. We did think about how they cre­ate stor­age on boats – it’s re­ally clever. They have small lit­tle spa­ces and din­ing spa­ces and they’re re­ally suc­cess­ful. We’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in small spa­ces and how you make a multi-pur­pose room – even in big houses.

Q&A with ar­chi­tect Anna-Marie Chin

Ground floor First floor 12. Stor­age 13. Main bed­room 14. En­suite 15. Study 16. Void

1. Deck 2. Liv­ing 3. Kitchen 4. Paving 5. Din­ing 6. Bath­room 7. WC 8. Bed­room 9. En­try 10. Garage 11. En­try stairs

The lad­der in the kitchen ac­cesses the loft. The art­work at the end of the hall is ‘The Is­land’ by Dy­lan Silva and Ge­or­giana Paraschiv. Mid­dle There was enough room in the pe­tite bath­room to in­clude a bath. Far right Tom de­signed the gantry, which was made by Ar­row­town En­gi­neer­ing, where Tyler and Noah stand.

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