CHIVERTON ARCHITECTS ARE AN INTERIOR AND ARCHITECTURE PRACTICE BASED IN MELBOURNE. We seek simple, innovative design solutions that are responsive to the budget, brief and setting. Our architecture reflects this simplicity through a clean aesthetic that utilises rich, warm materials and natural light to create calm spaces that feel good to be in. We offer a full range of services from initial
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This was a design for a new house at the Wise Winery in Western Australia. The client wanted an elegant house that used simple materials and connected with the landscape. The house was designed using a limited palette of concrete, glass, timber and pre-rusted steel.
St Kilda, 2010
We designed this extension and it was finished at the end of 2010. It is very sustainable. It includes: – Making good the front of the house. – Maximising solar orientation and using passive solar gain in winter – shaded in summer. … – Solar hot water via evacuated tubes with instantaneous gas boosting. (for hot water and hydronic heating) – Hydronic in-slab heating and hydronic radiators elsewhere. – Insulation over BCA standard that extends under the slab and floorboards. – Extensive reuse of brickwork from partial demolision of back. – Plantation timber cladding at upper storey. (Thick pailing fence). – Recycled timber floorboards for some wall finishes and cabinetry. – 10 Photo-voltaic roof panels (typically selling back to the grid). – oversize ‘Whirlybird’ vents good natural airflow cooling in summer. – 5000L underground rainwater tank that provides for laundry, irrigation and WC flush. – Low energy lights that are all on dimmers. – Low energy appliances including a ‘found’ gas oven. – Low water use taps and showerheads. – Double glazing throughout. – Planting to provide summer shade. – Food bearing, water wise planting. – Skylights to provide ample natural light. All this on a site that is approx 6m x 25m. (We looked at grey and blackwater recovery but the rainwater system in this house is fine for this scale of project). Built by Tony Palmer Builders.
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