The project involves a new house and studio spaces for an artist couple on a substantial property in the NSW south coast town of Woonona. The concept draws upon the typology of farmhouses that were prevalent in the area during early 19th century settlement of the town, embracing utilitarian qualities in construction methods and materials.
Unlike the built pattern of the surrounding context, the proposal comprises of a modest 103 sq m footprint, organised into directly demarcated public and private zones within a modestly scaled saw-tooth roof form arrangement. Steel portals frame the southern private zone accommodating bathroom, laundry and flexible bedroom and music spaces, responding in setback and roof pitch to established adjacent development in the street, while larger steel portals frame the northern public zone accommodating living, dining, kitchen & art spaces arranged within an unobstructed open shell volume. The design entails ideas of prefabricated and prefinished materials - metal cladding & roofing, steel trims, aluminium framed windows & doors, plywood wall linings, plywood framed & lined kitchen and storage units, and a concrete slab providing a heat sink.
The envelope responds to its specific environmental conditions with north
facing operable glazing to capture prevailing summer breezes, enabling light
and ventilation to be mediated, while establishing direct connections to the
north-facing landscape and views of sky and tree canopies beyond. A large roof
overhang provides weather protection to an adjoining north-facing concrete terrace
for year-round enjoyment of the landscape.
Location: Woonona, NSW
Visualisations: Matthew Fonda
Model: Christopher Polly Architect
Model Photography: Christopher Polly Architect
Surveyor: C Robson & Associates