Mary Ellen Hudson
Mary Ellen Hudson Architects are based both in Sydney and Taralga NSW. The completed work to date is primarily residential – from alterations and additions, to new houses, to interiors and product design. The majority of projects have been located in and around the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Mary Ellen Hudson Architects have created diverse and detailed projects, with emphasis on sustainable design.
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CLOVELLY NSW, 2012
The Chauvel House is located in Clovelly NSW. It is a narrow site with an east/west orientation, located close to the cliffs of Clovelly. The clients wanted a house that would endure in the landscape, provide a dynamic space for them and their two teenage children – a house that provided privacy and retreat. They wanted a house that experienced the nuances of light throughout the day, throughout the seasons. They wanted a house that was environmentally sustainable, a house that would adapt with the climate. The materials used – sandstone, concrete, timber – are raw and robust to cope with the coastal climate and allow for a low maintenance house. 90% of the sandstone used was reclaimed from the site. There is a 20000L water tank under the central pond and garden, a solar hot water system and a 4.4kw solar power system back to the grid. The floors are concrete with gas hydronic heating. There is a high level of detail with respect to form, function and finish. The execution of this construction was carried out with precision and the outcome is due to a seamless collaboration between client, architect and builder.
BRONTE NSW, 2012
The Springett residence is located in Bronte NSW. It is a large site with an east/west orientation, with a heritage house at the front and new addition to the rear. The clients wanted a house that was practical and robust for them and their three children – a house that provided privacy and retreat. They wanted a house that was light with cross ventilation, that captured the eastern breezes. They wanted a house that was environmentally sustainable, a house that would adapt with the climate. They wanted a house with minimal ongoing maintenance required. The materials used – copper, sandstone, concrete, timber – are raw and robust to cope with the coastal climate and allow for a low maintenance house. There is a high level of detail with respect to form, function and finish.
MASON JOSEPH HOUSE
CLOVELLY NSW, 2011
The Mason Joseph house is located at the top of Division St Coogee, with views from the rear, north to Waverley cemetery and east over the ocean and with district views to Randwick to the south. When we took on the project the house was Spanish hacienda meets Italian villa. It was all arches, pebblecrete and tiles, with a triple arched garage at the front. We took the arches and ran with them! There were interesting elements that just needed to be extruded as opposed to created. This was an interesting alts and adds project that has resulted in a practical, sustainable and fun home for the clients. The Mason Joseph House was the winner of the Alterations and Additions category and the Heritage category for the Randwick Council Urban design Awards 2013.