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Nestled between old sheep-grazing
paddocks and a private beach is
this award-winning Tasmanian
home that's designed for 'calm'.
"It's peaceful," says architect Stuart Tanner.
" ere's a nice feeling you sense when you
stand in the space. You can breathe."
e owners, a musician and scientist,
fell in love with Tasmania after numerous
visits and eventually decided to build in
South Arm near Opossum Bay. It has been
the perfect site on which Stuart could meet
his cultured couple's brief -- a desire for a
'Zen house' -- with an environmentally
sensitive place of seclusion and of retreat.
" e building speaks to you," he says.
" e main space and the whole building speak
of stopping, reflection and peacefulness."
With such an over-riding feel of serenity,
it's been a winner with the owners, who will
find it hard to ever leave. While on the
awards circuit, it has proved a winning
design with industry peers, picking up the
2009 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
National Commendation Award and the
AIA Tasmanian Residential Award.
Part of this home's appeal is the fact it has
a gentle presence on the site. And this has
been no accident. Stuart and the owners
believe that reducing the size of a structure
is a core principle of sustainable design.
"Each dwelling in the area had to be
no smaller than 170 metres squared, so we
built the home to be no larger than 170
metres squared, including the decks,"
SERENITY NOW: Large pivot doors open onto
a lightly gravelled courtyard and garden. A distinct
concrete wall provides protection and insulation.
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