Louise Nettleton Architect Pty Ltd
Louise Nettleton Architects is a practice whose buildings win awards for both innovative architecture and meticulous detail. We delight in the challenges of materials and the opportunities and limitations that they bring. We have won awards for buildings carved in concrete and assembled in steel. We have a strong respect for the environment and remain committed to buildings that naturally breathe and claw in the light. Louise Nettleton Architects has been the recipient of many awards, most recently an AIA Architecture Award in 2009 for the Clifton Gardens House and a High Commendation from The Australian Steel Institute in 2010 for the Foxground House.
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Clifton Gardens House
An off-form concrete home to accommodate a family of two adults, four teenage children, an increasingly disabled grandparent and an office with separate entrance. The challenge was the relatively small and difficult southerly site with just 5M street access. The house uses the existing stone base as its’ set out which also forms a large terrace off the children’s level. The use of off form concrete and face brick pallet assisted in separating private and public spaces. The concrete provided a beautiful medium to “sculpt” spaces, their openings, screens, skylights and walls.
Point Piper House
Point Piper, 2004
The original house was designed by Modernist architect Hugh Burich and completed in 1961. At our commencement, the house was vacant, vandalised, riddled with concrete cancer, leaked and had little light internally at each level. The objective of this “renovation, restoration and rebuild”: • Maintain the dramatic original elements; • Create light, transparency, cross ventilation, features the existing building lacked; • Deliver a building upgraded to today’s standards and expectations that also met with the families requirements; While the house has been significantly altered (and reduced in size), planning requirements for a family are met with a simple, direct plan.
Foxground, south NSW coast, 2009
The brief: a budget weekender to accommodate two families with children. The response: a simple house of two wings set perpendicular to each other. The bedroom wing faces NW up a bushy hill. The butterfly roof allows sun in winter and reflected light in summer. The louvred kick up ensures cross ventilation in summer. The living area faces NE across the valley. Its roof kicks up accentuating the feeling of being among trees. It also picks up winter warmth. Design and materials ensure that breezes flow through the house in summer. Substantial overhangs and steel shutters protect from the sun.