Dan Webster Architecture
What separates one architect from another? The answer is simple, it’s about finding someone that shares your vision and can not only mimic your dreams, but enhance them. In my life, design has been my passion, my inspiration and my lifeblood. There is nothing more motivating than sharing a dream with a client, and working together to create perfection. For you, designing your dream home may be hundreds of hours of planning and scheming. For me, it is my life. It’s everything that drives me and I’m passionate about surpassing even your greatest expectations. Our work is primarily focussed in the inner eastern suburbs, the yarra valley, and throughout the mornington peninsula.
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Malvern, Melbourne, VIC, 2015
This proposal for a new residence in Malvern sits on a tight lane, with small street setbacks to most properties, and a sense of inner city living. This home replaces a single storey weatherboard miner’s cottage, and attempts to provide an improved use of the land, proposing a two storey home plus a basement. Being conscious of the visual bulk of a two storey home in this street was important, so the basement has been used to incorporate more amenity that a typical basement, reducing the program to the first floor, and hence the size of the first floor. The street elevation angles away from its neighbour in towards the site, to open up the visual presence of the facade, and not impose on the street. In a developing pocket in Malvern, this home has been conscious to the evolving nature and varied styles of residential architecture to its immediate surrounds, proposing a simple but timeless material palette. The clients father is an architect, well into his retirement, and hence the clients did not require any convincing of the impact of the soft elements of the design ‘ for example, orientation, prevailing winds, natural light and passive solar design. The ground floor has been designed to open its main entertaining and living spaces to the north, creating a sun filled courtyard, perfect for their lifestyle.