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Tim Wright, director of WrightFeldhusen
talks thoughtful design
What’s your favourite space in the home?
All of the spaces have equ al appeal as they are
thoughtfully design ed to acco mmo date the
specific activity in the best possible way. Good
design sho uld never compro mise.
What was your biggest challenge with this
design? To prove that architectu re ca n occu r w ith
a pragmatic appro ach to accommo dation , brief,
budget and design.
Who is your architecture idol? The re are a
n umber of curre nt South American architects I
admire: Mathias Klotz is o ne. I also like Rick Joy
from Arizona, USA.
What’s the one thing you wish all people knew
about designing a home? That around 95 per cent
of all residen tial co nstruc tio n is built without the
expertise of a registered a rchitect.
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to three bedrooms, two bathrooms and
another living area.
The relaxed nature of the home, built
by Iain Kirkaldy of the Wandoo Building
Company, gives it a contemporary beach-
house feel and a makes it a pleasure to live in.
“I like how it turned out. There’s an
American magazine called Dwell that
focuses a lot on architect-designed modest
building, and that’s really what I’ve tried
to do here,” Tim says.
“It comes back to when you’re building
a house, do you want architecture or
accommodation? Both are important. We
are a family that’s out a lot, so I knew that
the living spaces and the design would suit
us. But the architect was pretty damn hard
to please,” Tim laughs.
“No, really the best thing about
designing my own place was that once a
decision was made, that was it – I certainly
enjoyed the freedom of it.”
“I wanted to show that
you could still use raw and
honest materials such as
concrete, rammed earth and
wood to make a beautiful
family home on a budget”
08-09 The outdoor setting beside the pool has become a focal
spot to enjoy summer afternoons.
10 The various modern art pieces, like the one in the background
here, were created by Tim’s wife, Dani.
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