Misho & Associates
Misho heads a compact, dynamic team of passionate architects and interior designers in Hobart. Misho + Associates has been intimately involved in refurbishment and new works for a diverse range of corporate clients and private clients. Holding degrees in both Interior Design and Architecture, Misho’s philosophy is that while architectural form must be exciting and visually stimulating, it should always be pragmatic and functional. Two projects are never the same. Each and every design is unique to the requirements of the client, the site and the function of the building. Misho + Associates have development strong relationships with their clients that span many years and decades.
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Sydney Wildlife World
King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour, 2006
Sydney Wildlife World is a world-class tourist attraction, which presents Australian wildlife in a nine habitats that closely resemble the natural environment. The core concept behind the built form was to excite attention and capture the imagination through a dramatic and iconic structure. Its key element is a flowing, organically shaped canopy which, envelops the entire building. It is created from a skeletal frame covered with a flexible membrane of Zoomesh. The curvilinear effect is enhanced by 35 structural arches which are self-supporting parabolic curves. This unique design meets a number of functional challenges in an innovative way. The structure elegantly spans the awkwardly-shaped site, which is partly situated on water. A key objective was to respond sensitively to the site context. The long facade above the pedestrian area is a structured grid, referencing the grid design typical of Sydney’s wharves. A series of timber slats also evoke the timber used in the industrial areas of the harbour. Outside, angled timber poles evoke the memory of trees which once lined the landscape. The project also delivers benefits to the public domain. Since the Zoomesh is nearly transparent, people outside can see the rainforest inside the facility, creating an unexpected vista of green. The low-slung structure ensures the building makes a minimal impact on views from CBD buildings
Rose Bay Residence
Rose Bay, Sydney, 2006
The guiding philosophy behind this modern suburban house was for sustainability principles to inform every aspect of home design. Maximising natural cooling, heating and light in order to conserve energy was a dominant influence on the design. Large eaves create a ‘broad-rimmed hat’ that shades the facade and cools the home in summer, while a timber screen shades the western aspect. The form was developed from an understanding that the main face of the house faced due west across Sydney Harbour and needed to shut down in summer to protect the interiors from the heat of the afternoon sun. A pod shaped form for the bedrooms was created that sits upon a series of concrete blades that are surrounded in an operable fa’ade. An internal stairwell expels heat while sky windows and louvers provide cross-ventilation and light. Cross-ventilation is maximised by positioning the house to capture north eastern winds in summer, removing the need for air-conditioning. To protect against cold, the south side of the residence is a solid concrete wall, which acts as a thermal barrier. Polished concrete floors also utilise hydronic heating, warming the house in winter yet staying cool in summer. Water conservation was another important objective. Water initiatives include a rainwater tank hidden under the central courtyard for drip irrigation, and water smart toilets. Another key concept was fo
Premaydena Tasmania, 2013
The Premaydena house sits on a low podium on a largely wooded site. A balsa model, which expressed ideas the architect had been considering for his own house – lightness, simple modular proportions, screening and layering – inspires the house. To address the issue of cold, salty wind, the house is ‘a box within a box’; to address the clients’ request for two bedrooms and ensuites, separated from the living area, the house is ‘a box beside a box’. The house is highly visible due to its external orange metal panels, matched to the lichen ubiquitous to local beaches. The panels slide open to reveal a two-stage, private core. First, they enclose a verandah, which excludes summer sun, wind and salt moisture. Windows align perfectly with the parted panels and minimal internal ornamentation allows the residents to muse on the shifting clouds or geometric patterns of light cast on the verandah when the panels are closed on a bright, windy day. In the house, the application of boxes within and beside each other generates a series of elegant living spaces that provide respite from the external elements and opportunities to re-engage with daily rituals.