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Jonathan Lake, Jonathan Lake Architects.
Your favourite feature of the home?
I really love the weight and silky tex ture of the
co ncrete, a nd the almos t time less quality it brings
to the house. I love the way it captures the light at
various times of the day. I also love the connection
to the site and landscape, and that the ho use slowly
reveals itself as yo u move through it.
Tips for working with old homes?
Additio ns are ofte n best when they do n’t try
to mimic the old. Try to create a new story to the
hom e that is of o ur time, utilising current methods
and techniques to create a co ntem porar y spa ce.
These spaces will then enhance the qualities of the
old thro ugh their difference.
What are the simplest ways to make
a home more sustainable?
Passive sola r design is the single m ost impor tant
element of sustainable design. Design through
consideration of orientation and nat ural ventilation,
and through the use of thermal mass. In respect
to the preser vation of resources, it is also impor ta nt
to design efficiently a nd com pactly to m inimise the
size of the house.
How did it feel to win the Architecture Award
at the 2011 Australian Institute of Architecture
Awards (WA Chapter)?
I love being an architect, a nd receiving the awa rd was
a great reward. I put a huge amount of time and effort
into all of my projects and it is incredibly gratifying
that this is recognised by my peers .
“I love how the windows
capture light from all
different directions to
produce different light
throughout the day... It’s
functional and beautiful
but it doesn’t shout – it
sits here quietly.”
space and the resulting lines and colour
of the extended space connect to the
three-dimensional sculpture he designed
for the wall.
Kimberley and Mark like to move
artworks around and, since the project
was completed in 2010, the home has been
in a constant state of growth as the family
engages with and fills the spaces. This
continual growth and the constant play of
light and shadow on the various textures
mean the home is never static.
“We love it,” says Kimberley. “It’s really
easy to live in. I love how the windows
capture light from all different directions
to produce different light throughout the
day... It’s functional and beautiful but it
doesn’t shout – it sits here quietly.”
06 The external deck has been created around a magnificent
existing gum tree that forms a canopy over the space.
07 The site has a significant change in level across it, which
allowed architect Jonathan Lake to design a series of platforms
that all have direct access to the outside. Burnish polished
concrete and plate steel windows with Aneeta sashless
double-hung windows inserted into them make a great
backdrop for a Sintese Sofa by Indera, available from Majool.
05 The new addition has been created as a strong formal box.
Shadowclad in natural grooved plywood by Carter Holt Harvey,
it had been inserted underneath an extension of the traditional
pitched-roof form. Remote controlled Tovo External blinds and
Issey Sunshades provide sun control and privacy.
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