SWAG Architecture is the desire to create habitat for modern, Urban nomads. Committed to the use of natural, tactile materials which develop a sense of place between people and their surroundings, based in the ACT, we are focused on delivering the highest quality in design to Canberra, the NSW South Coast and High Country, eroding the expected outcome of dwelling to create intricate designs which respond to context, landscape and the environment.
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Indepth Scuba Fitout
Belconnen ACT, 2013
Indepth Scuba is a well established business based in Belconnen in the north of Canberra. With a recent expansion of the business, they have decided to relocate their primary shop front to a larger premises that can accommodate more stock, better teaching facilities and spaces that foster the social atmosphere of the dive club. Clean, minimal materials and forms include sealed concrete showroom floor, custom designed workbench / point of sale counter and galvanised piping to maximise display potential. A softly furnished mezzanine will provide ample space for training and social events. Natural light will flood into the showroom floor during cool winter mornings warming the space and creating an inviting atmosphere.
Windmill Downs NSW, 2009
The concept for catchment house is to create a contemporary, urban homestead. It builds upon a vernacular of colonial verandas and bold rural timber structures with a clear hierarchy of living spaces. The form sits above the gently sloping site; minimal impact is placed upon the ground with the design consisting of a single level platform upon point supports. The top layer of earth is only slightly cutaway to ease impact upon the existing ecology. An internal plunge pool mediates between the floating pavilion and the geology of the site; it provides lateral restraint to the lighter structure, whilst acting as a stable cooling mass during the hot summer months. A strong modular frame is built upon the floor platform. It forms a predictable structural system allowing the best use of recycled timber, posts and beams reused from aged bridges, wharfs and woolsheds. The use of this regular structural arrangement sets a clear hierarchy within the internal spaces of the house. When a column has been removed, this creates a clearly exceptional circumstance within the space which lends itself to be a key living area. Variable pitch louvers provide a method to open or close down both the internal and external living spaces from the outer environment. Acid washed copper cladding is a modern interpretation of traditional corrugated metal cladding; this is layered horizontally in a stan