Space Studio Pty Limited
Space Studio is an award winning design-led practice based in Byron Bay. We pride ourselves on our client relationships and good communication skills. Our design skills are balanced by an understanding of the construction industry and the importance of budget and timely project delivery. Our buildings are designed to be responsive to their site, climate and brief. We are flexible in our approach so we can embrace challenges and find new solutions from them. We love designing borderless spaces that adapt to the weather, time of day and occasion. Where possible we try to keep things simple. We enjoy using materials to bring texture, colour and richness to our designs.
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Byron Community Primary School
Byron Bay, NSW, 2010
Winner AIA NSW Country Division award 2011. The project comprises a multi-purpose hall, multi media library with computer room, art classroom, staff tea room, toilet facilities and a covered bus waiting area. An administration office and staff room is housed in a smaller building raised on columns and linked by a first floor bridge to the main building. The so-called tree house provides a covered outdoor learning area below, retaining valuable playground space. The buildings respond to their location in a coastal residential area by using simple, familiar materials: timber and fibre cement – with large louvred windows. The fibre cement external cladding is used in two different ways to add texture and scale to the elevations. The elevations respond differently to their orientation to limit solar gain and capture breezes. The prominent zig zag wall forming the west elevation of the first floor art room uses angled solid panels to block the afternoon sun and narrow slots of south facing louvres for air flow and southern light. The buildings are designed to be environmentally conscious and naturally ventilated. All walls and ceilings are heavily insulated, louvred windows and ceiling fans provide cross ventilation and air circulation, generous windows ensure plenty of daylight even on gloomy days and solar shading prevents heat gain in summer. Photographs : David Taylor.
Possum Creek House
Byron Shire, NSW, 2011
The concept for the house is three linked pavilions articulated by folded roof and wall planes, with masonry blades supporting the skillion roof, standing alone in the landscape. Between blades large sliding glass panels can be opened to stack ‘ and seemingly disappear – behind the blades, blurring the boundary between inside and out and strengthening the connection with the landscape. The location of the site at the top of Pine Mountain in the Byron hinterland affords the house a 360 degree aspect, with optimum solar orientation. In order for the living pavilion to benefit from both north and south orientation the smaller bedroom pavilions are separated and linked to the extreme ends of the living pavilion. This gives views through the living pavilion from the densely wooded southern boundary to the filtered hinterland views to the north. The materials palette of the house is deliberately restrained to give prominence to the sequence of strong colours used in the landscape. The three colours – bright pink, lime green and roman ochre ‘ are used to define the main outdoor spaces and are a reference to some of the plants originally found on the site. Photographer: David Taylor