Wednesday, February 1, 2017

australian home design

i'm here in the inner city suburb of rozelleto find out why this house has got 2 front doors. this idea of 2 frontages. good urban understanding on how houses areread from the street is when you walk along the street you see the front door. and intrinsically you know the people behindit. so we had that response to the street at thetraditional front door equally with the rare lane that we should not treat the lane like2nd class citizen we should treat it like a street.

so you adding personality to the lane waywith a street. yeah you adding that human quality. so when you're looking at the front, the frontfront of the house, how's the brick work in that way. so we have a saying in the office that thebrick is a thick tile or a tile is a thin brick. these ideas of using brick and tiles for facadesare a low maintenance thing but they're also beautiful. it's like a dating sort of process, you sittingdown with the clients, you talk about your

ideas they talk about their ideas, if they'recompatible, like minds come together. you're on this date with these clients andyou pull out the green tiles and the bricks, how do they respond to that that's never afirst date. their response was pretty good. the palette material at any house is the thingsthat keeps you up at night. the big idea is generally the things you arriveat intrinsically over a period of time you know they work. but getting the composition materials togetherin many ways for me a great challenge. and we have this strategy that we start withwhere if you're going to have a cool material

we put a warm material with it. and we got these other ideas that if you wanta home that doesn't feel fragile, that's robust to live in and to kick the footy in you wantto have parties here and you funny mate that gets a little bit drunk and falls into thewall but doesn't fall through it. that's me isn't it. the mortar joints for us is a bit like samplingin music. there's an architect called frank lloyd wrightwho use to struck the verticals flush and you dig out the horizontals. and you got this linear appears of the bricks.

i noticed there is 2 different shades of mortarinside and out, why did you do that? we wanted a sense that the outside was theoutside and the inside is the inside. and i think the eyes are really clever atpicking up the subtle differences. and that softens everything doesn't it. it softens everything but equally we don'tbombard the place with bricks. so again we got these 2 side walls so they'regoing to be the brick walls and little infilled bit was either going to be white sort of billowingsurface or this green tile. so as a composition you get this rich piecewhich is the brick work either side but you're not smashed with it.

it's not totally dominating. so you have the external skin which is thebrick work and every time you carve into that to make a courtyard to make a doorway, it'salmost like you're cutting into the skin and you get this lovely green. but it also added this serene quality aboutthe house. so for instances, standing in that courtyardi look inside the house the wall garden growing nicely and that all feels like compositionof materials and textures and organic matter. you know for me architecture is about spaceand light, so yes they resolve down to pragmatically things, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, livingrooms.

we start from an idea as saying well, howdo we get the life of the building, how the each room have the quality that it needs tohave. bedrooms can be a little bit darker, livingrooms are these more burlgarious open spaces. how do we suck that light in here wherebywhen you're here you feel great to be here. you talking about the practicality of thebricks, what do they bring from aesthetic point of view? composition of bricks gives you texture, no2 bricks are the same. gives you rhythm in a facade. also plugs us in a historical way we makebuildings.

for me, the sense that a human hand has madethis house makes it more human to be in. this is a reasonable size block. and you've got the house, inner city, withthe 2 car garage, a pool, a separate studio pretty amazing. and when you look on the street, you thinkit's a single storey house. how does that house blend into the street,how did you make that work? it's a contextual response, so we went throughthe records and we found this use to have 2 workmen's cottages. so we started that from a contextual response,putting those 2 workmen's cottages on the

side and then try to understand that as anenvelope. so if you have a look of where those terraceswere back in the day, the front of the house is similar size. the front starts at the same point, the ridgesare at the same point, the house finishes at the same point.


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