Christopher Polly Architect in Architizer’s 30 Best Architecture Firms in Australia
It was super nice to receive notification from Architizer that my practice had made it onto their list of the “30 Best Architecture Firms in Australia”. It’s very humbling to be amongst a group of highly esteemed Australian architecture firms.
Greenwich House image by Matthew Fonda / Method Visualisation.
Leura House exterior compositions
Further graphical 3d modelling representations of Leura House bring to life the exterior compositions of its connected pavilions and the multiple external terrace areas that are arranged between and around them – serving at once to accentuate its outward materials expression.
Seamlessly integrating with its interior materials palette, it amalgamates low carbon smooth and bush-hammered concrete, face brickwork in variously articulated stretcher and stacked-bond arrangements, expressed galvanised steel elements, and naturally finished timber linings, doors & windows – while referencing the variety of natural grey, brown, and silver tones of its immediate landscape to allow a contiguous relationship with its surrounding setting.
Design concepts for Trafalgar House in Annandale
Sensitive alterations and a new rear addition to a freestanding house in a heritage conservation area are carefully composed to provide significant additional room for a growing family. Remaining intact, the front primary form will be sympathetically restored and refurbished to enhance its historic character, while the form of the new addition purposely defers to established conditions of the original house in the manner in which it is sub-ordinate to and springs from it – at a macro level and in contemporaneous interpretation of particular elements and details.
The addition incorporates numerous sustainability measures inclusive of high levels of wall, slab, ceiling and roof insulation and thermally-efficient double glazing to achieve a 7-star rating – as well as, low carbon concrete, hydronic in-slab heating, an electric instantaneous hot water system, a PV solar system for renewal energy generation with battery storage, and underground water storage for re-use in the house and landscape. The original front half will also incorporate new roof, ceiling, and floor insulation to greatly improve its energy efficiency and thermal comfort.