Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 24 Autumn 2010 Contents At the end of the hallway-cum-library
is the open-plan living area, which consists
of kitchen and dining areas, plus a mix of
connected formal and informal spaces for
relaxation. Here, the interior is a lesson in
working with woodgrain, with joinery in
local blackwood and sassafras. And this theme
continues into the master bedroom, which
you step up into from the living area, and
features a custom-made solid blackwood bed.
Stuart commissioned the bed, plus a day
bed and dining chairs, from a local designer
Liftestyle Furniture. ese custom-made
pieces have been mixed with antiques to
bring a grounded, soulful feel to the interior.
It's also proved to be a fitting aesthetic for
this sustainable-focused home.
e owners' desire for a two-bedroom
home with minimal footprint resulted in
the floor plan evolving into a crucifix shape.
Stuart describes it as a pair of crossing
pavilions hovering above the ground.
" e philosophy behind the building is
an exploration of intersecting plains,
combined with a raw materiality" he says.
"I've always had a desire to float a concrete
slab in a structural sense."
He's achieved it by recessing the support
footings for the home's slab back under the
house, then adding lighting, which gives the
appearance of the house floating on light
within the landscape. It's this design
element that gives the house its gentle
presence on the site.
e 'crossing pavilions' design has also
created a number of spaces inside and
around the periphery of the building. Large
pivot doors open the northern living areas to
the sea and create a seamless flow between
the indoors and out, while movable exterior
screens on this side of the house give the
bedroom additional privacy while still
welcoming in the natural light and vista.
" e owner admires simple technology,
so the rolling screens allow him to
manipulate and change the building
according to different light conditions,"
However, while there's manipulation of
nature going on in the inside, the design is
definitely an environment-led aesthetic
from the outside. And it certainly sits in
harmony with its surrounds. I
CONTACTS: ARCHITECT: Stuart Tanner, Stuart Tanner Architects (03) 6224 4377, stuarttannerarchitects.com.au.
BUILDER: Cordwell Lane (03) 6231 4222, cordwelllane.com.au. ENGINEER: Jim Gandy, Gandy and Roberts (03) 6223 8877.
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