Craig Jones P/L Architects
CJPL is small practice with extensive experience both in Australia and overseas. It has undertaken diverse projects such as church’s, office buildings, commercial interiors , multi unit residential , single dwellings and domestic renovations. The practice is focussed on providing well considered integrated design solutions that meet clients needs. It has recently concentrated its efforts on urban projects around Melbourne. Three examples are residential projects .
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Ivanhoe, Victoria, 1990
This dwelling is perched above a creek and rock escarpment and below a historicly significant trees . Constructed of concrete ,steel and glass the structure responds to a number of site issues that constrain the perimeter shape and position of the building. The historic influence of Heidelberg School has resulted in a the modern but simple farm-like form of the building . The selection of materials reflect the context and provides an ageless quality. A minimal use of colour and the natural contrast of off form concrete , steel and the surrounding eucalypt forrest support the design philosophy. The residence runs parallel to the row of trees, and is designed to be a opened to the environment and maximise the view through the trees to the golf course in the distance. The unique steel structure with only partially complete subfloor provides opportunity for flexible planning of spaces and allow to provide for changing needs of the family . This project was a finalist in Belle house of the year .
This 3 storied dwelling overlooks a well known park and Yarra river in Hawthorn and has a uninterupted views of the city. Because of its location and the surrounding housing it is designed as a prominant and powerful piece of architecture which using simple classic forms in a modern interpretation to take its place in the streetscape . The building is open planned from front to rear using substantial curved structural elements to move you through the building and to allow vision to the front from the he very rear of the property . The building has issues with sun control and the structure to the front and curved glazing provide a series of shadowing and glazing strategies.
In a traditional area this dwelling was created to explore cross cultural values of the client . The building is simple and classic in its planning ,yet complex in its execution. Clad in metal and concrete pavers to provide the physical connection with the surrounding housing it is designed to fit in the streetscape in terms of scale , fall of the street and massing. The building has a internal courtyard that was completed with a Japanese garden and separates 2 living areas. The building is designed with passive solar in mind and mixes the values of the Australian bungalow with the philosophy of zen.