Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Residence at Franklinford

Progress photos of rammed earth and pressed tin. From start of the project to Friday (mid Feb 2017). heading towards completion middle of the year.

Photos of early rammed earth walls courtesy of our client.

New Residence at Franklinford - Early site toilet

Fantastic site toilet by the client.

New Residence at Franklinford - Preliminary Works Dec 2015


The works consist of construction of a black machinery shed and a 200m long road with CFA compliant access via a teardrop driveway adjacent to the house site.
Extensive topographical analysis informed siting of the road which winds around the hill and unfolds views across to Mount Franklin and down to Jim Crow Creek.
The house will follow shortly and has a pavilion plan and a robust material palette including rammed earth, raw cement sheet and unpainted pressed metal cladding.

Acknowledgements for work to date:
Graham Jennings of Jennings Earthmoving Services, Castlemaine for precision road building and site cut
Central Steelbuild, Kyneton for machinery shed construction
Jonah Epstein for photography
Simon Ellis Landscape Architecture for design collaboration, topographic and drainage analysis.


Doncaster Modern

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Yann Bathroom

Finally finished after the vanity cabinet light fixing brackets were shipped from Belgium (seperate to the lights)
Now everyone can have even makeup.
Fantastic tiling by Nick from Tile Technique and another mad steel window by Sherringham.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Affleck Street Albury


Affleck Street is well occupied, and very livable if not entirely finished.
A 2 storey addition with V columns and steel windows to an existing Spanish Mission house with an exceptional view over Albury.
Another finely crafted project from Sheringham Constructions who are establishing themselves in the Albury / Yackandandah area, after many years of being our go to Melbourne builder.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

HBYC is occupied

Still awaiting furnishings, landscaping, and many future joinery items. 
But the bar has beer and the you can see St Kilda in the periscope.

Black is the new Black in Germany

Nearly five years later Germany has picked up on our collective brillance.
Leveson St fitout (a collaboration with Amanda Lynn Interior Design) graces the front cover of Wohn Design this month.
See earlier posts and descriptions: here , here and here

Sunday, December 13, 2015

E + P's Studio

Bike rack with WC / Bath / Laundry behind.
Studio with Mezzanine over the garden shed. 
Maximising every in downtown Brunswick. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Drummond Street happy snaps

No Rainbow Sky this time but still great to see the 
Drummond St extension and garden finished and lived in.

Monday, November 16, 2015

HBYC is operational

In use and well received locally.
Many stage '2' items to be completed in due course.
But generally, a robust shell with a killer view.
See post here for how good the margaritas look from the deck. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sound Gate in Soundwall

On the Craigieburn Bypass - ready for the next stretch of suburbia.

Fat Plan on Faraday in Domain

In Saturday's paper...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rainbow Sky

Rainbow over spotted gum beams at our just completed Drummond St extension. 
Thank you to all involved.
Great photo Sarah.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hobsons Bay Yacht Club progress

HBYC is getting close to finished. View from the deck and building from boatyard. Two storey black steel pericsope is installed and functioning

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fat Plan on Faraday Commendation

Commendation from last Friday's Architecture Institute Awards. Excellent work by Matt and Anne as owner builders. The project will be a part of the next Boyd foundation open day.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dundas Lane

Dundas Lane is finished.
Eggcrate privacy screen to deck in the foreground.
Excellent work by Resicon.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Twist Creek Pergola

Awaiting roofed section and folded spout.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Brighton Street sold

Some internal shots and finished real estate photos from Biggin Scott.
For earlier photos of this project see here, here, here and here.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Fat plan on Faraday



Photographs by Erica Lauthier

Fat plan on Faraday

In this refit of a first floor warehouse space in Carlton, the physical constraints of the site have been used to generate the planning and spatial responses.
The deep, wide proportions of the warehouse plan (approx 10 x 20m) required new windows and skylights to provide adequate sun, daylight and natural ventilation to the core. Two deck spaces were created to provide private outdoor space and new external walls with windows. Translucent fiberglass cladding and white insulation further distribute natural light within the space. The combination of techniques ensures that the light sources are multi-directional and that the quality of light varies throughout the day and over the year.

Donut circulation was created around a core of office / study and music room / guest room. This allows for social drama and a complexity of spatial integration not expected within the simple box-shaped volume.
The squat section of the original warehouse did not afford height for 2 storey spaces below the truss line. First floor spaces were located between the truss bays and the trusses were cut and reconfigured to allow circulation at the upper level. The constrained head heights below the new upper level rooms influenced the disposition of lower level functions.
Limited access to external windows also informed the location of spaces. Two thirds of the buildings perimeter is landlocked or along the title boundary. 

The design solutions generate spatial complexity within the simple shell. The interior of the warehouse offers a series of spaces which are both interlocking and discrete. They are not immediately knowable but are apprehended as unified whole through the experience of living in the space. Glimpses of view from one space to another and spaces that hint at other parts of the whole further the internal complexity. The overall experience is one of a series of private spaces within one space. Voids, internal windows and new decks carved into the original volume allow light into the deep plan. The aspect and experience of the lower spaces  located deep in the lower plan and at the perimeter of first floor contrast with double height void spaces. Views through the voids provide visual relief in these spaces. 
The new spaces are ordered by the existing truss break up. The trusses define the edges of the 4 transverse zones. Tectonically the plane and structure of the trusses have been treated as skeleton, either revealed or concealed by translucent or solid skins. This order becomes most apparent where circulation requires incisions longitudinally through truss bays and the bones are exposed. Engineering and detailing of the trusses highlight these incisions and enhance the character of the existing warehouse space by adding a new layer to its history.