Candida Griffiths – Architect
Candida Griffiths specialises in providing a personalised service for people seeking a new house, or requiring renovations and/or an extension to their existing dwelling. In addition to residential design the surrounding landscape and outdoor living area is designed to optimise, complete and integrate the living environment. Candida’s design philosophy is based on a thorough understanding of building physics and environmental sustainability. This knowledge is combined with aesthetics, functionality and practical building construction. Services are tailored to individual needs and budgets and clients only deal with the principal architect, Candida Griffiths.
Candida Griffiths – Architect on Google Maps
56 MUNRO STREET CURTIN ACT, 1990
This is the architect, Candida Griffiths’s, own office and home. The original building was a single storey 1965 project house that had been constructed without north windows or insulation. In 1990 the building was transformed into a sunny, two storey solar house. The integrated design of the house and garden advantageously uses the natural slope of the site. The main living areas are on the upper floor, which gives a wonderful feeling of space and privacy. Through careful planning, this area is not isolated from the garden but links to the upper external terrace via a bridging timber deck. The architecture of this building epitomises the design philosophy of Grounds and Griffiths. It is elegant, sophisticated and low energy design. It seamlessly integrates house and landscape, and has a sense of fun.
HUGHES PARRIS HOUSE
6 BIFFIN STREET COOK ACT 2614, 2008
Hughes Parris House won the ACT Archicentre Mervyn Willoughby-Thomas Award in 2010. The citation in the awards booklet states,”A former ‘guvvie’ has been transformed into a light-filled, environmentally sensitive building with a distinctive character that strongly expresses the clients’ values. A new raked ceiling opened up the living space for generous bookshelves and storage, and a clever transition between inside and outside spaces via a private courtyard engages the house with the streetscape without sacrificing privacy.”
PYMBLE NSW, 2005
The original house was built in the 1950s and prior to the renovation the fabric and layout of the building had become completely worn out. But instead of wastefully demolishing the building, the front facade and as most of the existing stucture was respectfully maintained. A new open area of adjoining living areas was created at the rear of the house and the inadequate original rooms were redesigned to create a seamlessly integrated highly functional home.