As a small practice producing high quality medium scale projects, we spend time ensuring each project is designed to achieve the highest quality for its budget. We enjoy working with our clients to achieve their brief. We strongly believe that every element incorporated in our buildings should have a functional or structural purpose, avoiding unnecessary decorative elements. We utilise sustainable, low emissive, recyclable materials wherever possible. The additional services we offer include interior architecture, bespoke furniture design, and landscape design.
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THE BARN – STRANGIO HOUSE
WEST HOBART, 2010
THE BARN 2010 An immense challenge from the start, this project involved the conversion of a 4 x 6 metre 1800’s stone barn into a residence. The barn had received little TLC since the 1800’s and only one (insane!) builder was willing to work with us. Working with a very limited budget we reused every piece of timber, retained all of the stone and ‘reinvented’ some of the original elements. An open creative hand from the client was the catalyst to the creation of a work that received national acclaim in 2010, thanks to large degree to the builders Merlin Construction Pty Ltd.
NAPOLEON STREET ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS
BATTERY POINT HOBART, 2012
The client brief called for one renovated 1890 cottage and one small concrete house, both on a single steep waterfront site in Hobart Tasmania. Heritage constraints and eventual Planning Appeal success resulted in a single residence which can be zoned into separate living environments. The suburb of Battery Point has great historical importance. This context and south facing site created challenges that informed the design. Dense urban context required a design that provided privacy whilst embracing the spectacular views. The concrete walls and the celery top pine framing, both structural and visual, were detailed to ensure seamless resolution of these design challenges. Crucial to the acceptance of this very contemporary building was its performance. The building incorporates super-insulated thermal mass, protected by a timber framed curtain wall double glazing system that protects floor slab edges, and reverse-veneer celery top pine walling. The Celery Top Pine was sourced locally, the structural design tailored to suit the available lengths of the unmilled logs. Off-cuts were used for cladding, fascias and joinery ensuring minimal waste of the material. The building utilizes rainwater harvesting for the pool, low emission finishes, natural gas hydronic heating and solar harvesting although few of these elements are visible.
INNER SANDY BAY HOUSE
SANDY BAY HOBART, 2011
We were delighted to deliver this low budget timber clad house for these young enthusiastic clients. Significant heritage area constraints were a point of departure for this off-centre pitched roof building. It was an interesting challenge to develop an economical construction system that enabled a relatively substantial building to be built with limited capital, thanks to a large degree to the builders Merlin Constructions Pty Ltd.