New Residence, O'Connor
The geometry of this dwelling is a direct response to a tapering site, solar access and views and results in an interesting built form. The clients, as diplomats, had a strong interest in Asian culture and design which were also key elements of the project brief. The dwelling is comprised of two wings, one for bedrooms and one for formal living areas, linked by an informal family room. A substantial elevated deck also links all parts of the house and has become a much utilised and loved outdoor living space. Passive solar design principles have been incorporated with high level clerestory windows bringing light in from the north, solar panels supplying hot water, in-slab hydronic heating system and mitigation against harsh afternoon sunshine with strategically placed courtyard walls, sunshades and window protection. The architectural language is simple with two gable ends incised by a feature blade wall which gestures towards Mount Ainslie to the rear.