February 9th, 2024
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.
January 25th, 2024
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.
December 1st, 2023
Interior design articulation for Leura House
Graphical 3d modelling representations enable the articulation of the various design elements within the interior spaces for Leura House, serving to augment the compositions of materials, finishes, fixtures and furnishings – while also revealing the numerous ways it expands to its immediate landscape and mountain views beyond.
It embodies durable, low maintenance materials comprising of low carbon burnished concrete, face brickwork, expressed galvanised and stainless steel elements, and naturally finished timber ceilings, doors, windows & joinery – to definitively amplify the tones of its proximate landscape setting and facilitate connections to its place.
October 11th, 2023
Trafalgar House colour and contrast studies
Studies have been prepared to explore colour contrasts in two elevational representations of the new rear addition to the original house in a heritage conservation area.
The options explored have been carefully contemplated to enable a dialogue with the existing front half of the house and to further contribute to the clear distinction between the old and new fabric beyond external material selections – while ultimately serving to visually strengthen and enrich the extant front fabric.
September 5th, 2023
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.
July 3rd, 2023
Materials language for Leura House
A materials colour study for Leura House highlights the composition of durable and low maintenance materials employed for the exterior and interior of the project.
It amalgamates low carbon burnished concrete, face brickwork, expressed galvanised steel elements, and naturally finished timber ceilings, doors, windows & joinery – while referencing the variety of natural grey, brown, and silver tones of its immediate landscape to allow a contiguous relationship with its surrounding setting.
June 16th, 2023
Leura House further design concepts
A second design concept for Leura House entails split slabs for the middle pavilions to enable closer connections to the divergent east & west long edge site levels – thereby expressing this negotiation of the complex slope in a series of tetris-like flat-roofed volumes.
As with the 1st design option, this 2nd design option integrates a range of sustainability measures inclusive of high levels of cavity wall, slab, ceiling and roof insulation with thermally-efficient double glazing to achieve a 7.4 star rating, a 6.64 kWh PV solar system for renewal energy generation with battery storage, 30,000 litres of underground water storage for re-use in the house and landscape, hydronic in-slab heating, energy-efficient radiator heating for private zones, a wood fireplace for the public zone, and allowance for a supplementary heat recovery system.
May 1st, 2023
Leura House design concepts
Design concepts have been prepared for a new house on a greenfield site comprising of a series of brick pavilions which cascade down a highly complex two-way slope from the highest elevation in Leura. It is carefully sited and anchored to its land in the manner in which it negotiates and relates to existing surrounding levels to provide proximate connections to its encompassing landscape, while simultaneously emerging from its topography to amply capture daylight, air circulation, and commanding views of the Blue Mountains National Park to the north.
It integrates several sustainability measures inclusive of thermally-efficient double glazing, high levels of cavity wall, slab, ceiling and roof insulation to achieve a 7.6 star rating, a 14.5 kWh PV solar system for renewal energy generation with battery storage, 35,000 litres of underground water storage for re-use in the house and landscape, hydronic in-slab heating, energy-efficient radiator heating for private zones, a wood fireplace for the public zone, and future allowance for a supplementary heat recovery system.
January 21st, 2023
New project in Leura in the Blue Mountains
Sketch design concepts have commenced for an exciting new house on a sublime greenfield site in Leura.
The site slopes dramatically down to the street and is spectacular to say the least. The first image shows the commanding view to the Blue Mountains National Park most adjacent to the street, with the second image showing the fairly level ‘flat’ section further up towards the rear of the site.
Watch this space.
October 21st, 2022
Blue Mountains House visualisations underscore an inventive and modest off grid house in Mt Victoria
New visualisations of Blue Mountains House showcase its further design development and have now been uploaded in ‘Projects’.
A composition of pre-finished steel, low carbon fibrecement, and fireproof concrete meet the design performance required of a BAL FZ bushfire attack level, in unison with horizontally-sliding metal mesh screens, fire-rated thermally efficient double glazing, and vertically-retractable motorised screens to enable its envelope to be fully ‘shut down’ when unoccupied. A carefully controlled interior palette of burnished concrete, blackbutt timber boards, brushed stainless steel and galvanised steel reference the hues and tones of its setting while complementing the exterior materials.
It incorporates several off-grid measures including a solar system for power generation, 20,000 litres of underground water storage, under-floor heating, a small wood fire, and a heat recovery system to duct warm fresh air heated by exhaust air as needed.
September 2nd, 2022
Interior articulation of material overlays for an off-grid house in the Blue Mountains
Graphical 3d modelling representations have been prepared to enable the process of developing and expressing the material overlays of the interior spaces for an off-grid house in the Blue Mountains.
Durable low maintenance materials serve to complement the exterior material palette while further referencing the diversity of natural grey, brown, and silver tones embodied in the eucalyptus and angophora trees within its surrounding setting.
June 23rd, 2022
The Local Project has featured Flexion House
Flexion House has been lovingly showcased in a great online feature article published by The Local Project entitled “Design To Be Revered - Flexion House by Christopher Polly Architects”.
This speaks to The Local Project’s confidence in supporting and celebrating exceptional architectural design in the form of visualisations - as well as to the value of renders in bringing to life the ideas and material language of the project in all its detail.
With much gratitude to Matthew Fonda for the stellar visualisations, and to writer Thida Sachathep and the editor at TLP for their representation of the project.
May 22nd, 2022
Dezeen has featured the open plan study at Unfurled House
Unfurled House has been selected as one of ten projects from around the globe within a feature article published by Dezeen entitled “Ten homes with spacious open-plan studies and workplaces”. Many thanks to the writer and editorial team for the inclusion of the house.
April 4th, 2022
Materials studies for a new off-grid house in the Blue Mountains in development
Elevation colour studies have been prepared to highlight alternative combinations of exterior materials for a new off-grid house in the Blue Mountains.
Robust low maintenance materials inclusive of pre-finished steel cladding profiles, low carbon fibre-cement panels, fireproof concrete, and external sliding metal mesh screens all draw upon the variety of natural grey, green, and silver tones embodied in the eucalyptus and angophora trees on site – to enable a complementary dialogue to be forged with its surrounding landscape and to allow the house to sit comfortably within its setting.
February 5th, 2022
Flexion House visualisations showcase a two-storey house on an expansive site overlooking adjacent parklands and the Cooks River
Visualisations of Flexion House have been uploaded in ‘Projects’. The uniquely crafted form of the house bends, extends and shifts in response to the shape of the site, program of rooms, and views to the Cooks River and adjacent park landscape.
It incorporates white brickwork, blackbutt timber boards, black fine steel elements and expansive glazing for strong connections to outdoor spaces and its setting. Dark bronze expanded mesh pivot screens temper direct light and modulate privacy to upper rear balcony & living spaces, while also engaging the rear composition along the riverbank. The interior orchestrates a meticulous overlay of blackbutt timber flooring, wall linings, batten screens and joinery finishes to infuse a singular cohesiveness across ground and upper floor spaces.