Architects Ink will help you to define what you want from a building or space and then bring it to life. Whether you want to change the way you live or work, add light and form, integrate inside with out, or own a piece of architecture that excites ‘ we will give you big picture thinking with complete attention to detail. Here, the process is as important as the final product. Collaborative relationships with clients and builders, high quality documentation, strong design skills, 3D modelling and an understanding of how people use spaces allow us to produce inspired, eye-catching and liveable environments. (Offices in Adelaide & Sydney)
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College Park, South Australia, 2010
Residence ‘C’ consists of alterations, additions and interiors for a Victorian bluestone villa in College Park to accommodate a family of five – three girls, a man and his dog. . Having lived in the residence for several years with an outdated and uncomfortable lean-to, the main emphasis of the owner’s brief was for a spacious, open plan living area flooded with natural light, and beneath, a dark, secluded man-cave. It was important to create an addition that did not feel like it was encroaching too much on the already restricted yard. With an existing pool, garden and shed to work around, a simple pavilion style addition was the logical solution. The mostly transparent addition acts as an open verandah space, bridging the gap between existing villa and garden. By sloping the mono-pitch roof in the opposite direction to the traditional lean-to and expressing it as a minimal floating plane above the high level glazing; the internal space opens up to the picturesque Plane tree and green garden walls, blurring the distinction between inside and out. The residence is carefully crafted with an attention to detail that could only be the result of a successful collaboration between client, architect and builder.
Island Beach House
Island Beach, Kangaroo Island, 2008
Nestled within the shrub-land of a sandy dune, and metres from the shoreline of Island Beach, this home provides panoramic views of the Eastern Cove of Kangaroo Island. The house is currently used as a holiday home for the owners, with the view to becoming their permanent residence. Having lived next door to the site for many years the owners were very intimate with the location and climatic conditions and consequently were refreshingly definite about their requirements for the new home. Designed as a simple linear plan, the house allows for a northerly aspect as well as views from all living areas and bedrooms. This maximises exposure to the winter sun and enables cross ventilation for summer cooling. The polished concrete floors of the living areas act as a heat-sink in winter; these heat gains retained by the ‘comfort plus’ glazing. While the form maximises solar access in winter, the highly insulated roof provides appropriate overhangs to shade the glass in summer. Adequate ventilation has been provided by way of large sliding doors and double hung sashless windows. The house is 100% dependant on rainwater which is collected from the roofs and stored in large underground concrete tanks. Sewage waste is treated on site via a septic system. The owners have noted that no artificial cooling has been required in summer and only little additional heating in winter – comfortably attained through use of the wood fire. All other appliances are run by bottled gas and the house has no mechanical air conditioning.
Burnside, South Australia, 2008
Set in a backdrop of eucalypts with a dramatic fall at one end of the site and a view to established parklands on the other, the brief called for a distinctly styled residence of solid construction and appearance with a focus on entertainment, family and connection between exterior and interior spaces. The outcome is a luxurious yet functional urban residence for a young family of four. The design evolved from the dramatic topography with a view to maintaining the impression of a perceived endlessness with landscaping and a pool that appears to cantilever into the trees and over the meandering road leading to Adelaide’s Waterfall Gully. The brief called for the creation of a “hotel” feel throughout the building – achieved with the close affiliation of architecture and interior design and realised without any compromise in comfort and ease of family living. The same sense of design was adapted for the outdoor areas where luxury was a requirement without compromising practicality such as the provision of a children