Peter Winkler Architects Pty Ltd
Peter Winkler is a practicing architect who graduated from Deakin University in Geelong Victoria, with Honours in both the Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Engineering. Having worked for Architectural offices in both Melbourne and the Surfcoast, Peter established his firm PETER WINKLER ARCHITECTS in 2005. The four person practice specializes in medium to high end residential, multi-residential and office fitouts; realizing architectural solutions which are both functional and form a creative design response to each site. Peter Winkler is a registered Architect and maintains a membership with the Australian Institute of Architects.
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Surfcoast Hinterland, 2008
The Moko House was created to embody the clients love of the beach. The rural site slopes south to north toward a creek located off the property; with a treed gully to the east. Rather than creating a flat area to build upon, the dwelling is both nestled into the existing topography and floating above it, wrapping around the sites contours and opening to natural ground level at various access points. The clients desired a house which felt warm and sheltered in winter, while also open and light filled through summer. This was achieved via a combination of techniques including the placement of the hearth and open fire of the Living and Kitchen zone nestled into the tapering plywood and timber floor to ceiling volume. Opposite, eaves stretch out in an open gesture to the rural landscape beyond.
The ‘Sand Vault’ house was designed to encourage and promote a families enjoyment of their life together, while facilitating entertainment of guests and friends. The form was generated through observing the angular fragmentation of the beach sand crust formed in the right moisture and salt binding conditions of Summer. Upon opening the front door the pool is presented as light is fed in through triangular skylights in a faceted ceiling which emulate the disintegration of the sand crust. Aside the Dining and Kitchen space the ceiling folds into triangular vaults that fall into the pool to encourage a foreground view of the water, while reducing the connection with the Rumpus. A fold to the wall of the Master Ensuite enables light to feed in from the South while also providing a view to the immediate vegetation and maintaining privacy within this space.
North Carlton, 2011
The clients had outgrown the existing house and with their small children were struggling with several aspects of the existing layout. Our task was to address functional deficiencies and add substantial floor space to the Victorian Terrace dwelling while opening the living spaces to a new rear terrace and substantial garden. The existing residence had substantial exposed internal brickwork that was a burnt red brown and provided the original building with a rustic charm. This was combined with high ceilings with ornate roses, white hard plastered walls, ornate cornices, skirts, and panels of