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"Housing is much more personal...
you can enhance your client's life by creating
a beautiful space they can just be in."
and, in some ways, it was a seminal project
for me as it was where the whole Chindarsi
Architects journey started."
While working on these projects,
Joe realised houses were his true passion.
"Housing is much more personal, you're
engaging directly through people's lives.
I really like the intimacy of the residential
scale and that you can enhance your client's
life by creating a beautiful space they can
just be in," he says. e right design can be
uplifting and make people feel a certain
way, he says, whether it is a beautiful room
to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in or, on
a more holistic level, a vibe that
carries through the home. "Architecture
can be very powerful in the way it can
manipulate or control how people feel
within a space," he adds.
High up in his company's design
philosophy is the desire to make a difference
from an environmental point of view.
Sustainability is key in Chindarsi designs
and Joe makes every effort to consider how
design can minimise a project's footprint.
"Building is, of course, impacting the
environment as it uses resources, but by
thinking about each step and trying to
change, we can at least make our designs
as efficient as possible and use alternative
materials. Statistically, more of the energy
used in a building is through ongoing
running costs, so if you can design it in
such a way that it's efficient long-term, with
lighting, heating and cooling, then you're
halfway there to getting the right result."
Joe began his environmental crusade
on his family's Bridgetown property,
experimenting with ways to control the
effect on the environment. "It was a very
experimental house and was almost a design
for myself, so I took a lot of risks and learnt
a lot," he says. e first step was to minimise
materials and to keep energy usage to a
minimum by using recycled materials.
"We also used recycled timbers,
greywater, recycling rainwater catchment --
it's off the grid anyway -- composting toilet,
solar panels, double glazing and the list goes
on," says Joe. Despite these environmental
aspects, the house is a contemporary marvel
with sharp lines, timber and glass in a box-
shape that's suspended into thin air. (Take a
peek on the Chindarsi website under 'single
residential' and click on 'Winter Cottage'.)
Now Joe has turned his attention to
his own house: a renovation of an old
Californian bungalow. After subdividing the
block, Joe intends to revamp the existing
home at the front and design a new house
at the back. e challenge is to remain
sympathetic to the characteristics of the
front house. "It's the first time that I've used
terracotta on roofing, so I'm going to try and
make it fashionable again, or look good," Joe
says with a wide grin. " at's the challenge:
bringing terracotta back!"
With Chindarsi's history for sexing up
older spaces (its offices are in a former corner
deli), we've already ordered our terracotta
tiles and are asking what's next. I
Chindarsi Architects (08) 9328 7238,
EAGLE BAY: This Chindarsi-designed holiday home in
the State's South West is typical of Joe's architectural style:
luxurious, yet ecologically sound.
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