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“This decision also highlights the beauty
of the patina finish, which can only be
created through years of use,” says Chris.
“This contemporary home encapsulates its
historical context in a controlled manner,
whilst highlighting the beautiful heritage
context of its surrounds – heritage trees
in Edinburgh Gardens, church spires,
laneways, and heritage houses both
humble and grand.”
This house explores re-use without
looking ‘recycled’, and uses aspects of
sustainability to direct the aesthetic in
a clean, contemporary way. The resulting
budget-conscious house is open, spacious,
light-filled and a pleasure to experience.
“This project captures and features many elements
of the historical manufacturing warehouse that once
stood on the site, in their raw and found state.”
Splinter Societ y Architecture directors Chris
and Asha discuss how the project nailed its brief.
The house aimed to uphold compact urbanism,
green spaces and a sustainable approach for
a happier way of life. What contribution has the
house made to the lives of the inhabitants?
This project has created a green, safe, lo w-toxic,
happy and sunny environment for this young
family. It provides great en ter tain men t spaces in
what is a somewhat small building footprint, by
openi ng up o nto outdoo r spaces at ever y level.
Clever zoning and the planning of living spaces
on the fi rst floor, creating an u ndercroft space
at ground floor, means the family is able to live
casually with toys and bikes for kids and adults in
the gro un d-level ga rden , while maintaining tidy
living spaces for entertaining above.
How did you keep the costs down?
A close wo rking relatio nship between the architect,
builder a nd engin eer allowed fo r effi cie nt and
cost-effective co nstruc tio n of garden beds and
other items. In particular this involved ways to
maximise the use of the existing warehouse
stru cture w he re possible, in cluding the
foun datio ns. Together, the team established
a system to construct half of the house prior to
removing the existing wareho u se ro of, max imising
efficiencies in con stru ction i n all weather, and
mi nimising costs to the clien t.
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The spacious and light home makes use of repurposed materials without looking recycled.
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