Warwick O’Brien Architects
Warwick O’Brien – Architect is a small award winning practice focused on delivering highly sustainable residential projects including single houses, additions and alterations, townhouse development and retirement living. The sustainability centres on a holistic approach that ensures that human need and comfort is central to the outcome. The range of services provided include all tasks from pre-design through to contract administration and post occupancy evaluation. The preferred range of project operation is based around Adelaide and suburbs but can extend outwards for a radius of 300k from the CBD
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Somerton Park SA , 2010
A new beach side house focused on low maintenance and high levels of sustainability. An under-croft garage splits an otherwise flat site into three different levels that create a more interesting flow of spaces and optimises the exposure of living spaces to northern sun. The rooms are centered around a swimming pool court which becomes the main visual focus in the design. The steel framed building is clad with autoclaved aerated concrete and min-orb metal sheeting and has a Colorbond roof, double glazed aluminium windows and polished concrete floors.
Amos/Nash alterations and additions
Carraacalinga SA, 2007
This project is a transformation of an asbestos clad transportable beach house including new accommodation The existing timber framed building was gutted so that a much higher performance as a solar passive outcome could be achieved. This meant replacing windows with commercial double glazed aluminium windows, insulating walls and ceilings heavily and redesigning internal spaces so that natural ventilation paths were greatly improved. The additions were angled at 45 degrees to the existing to face due north and were integrated into a well established native garden that has become the focus of the design. Walls are clad in a palette of Colorbond corrugated sheeting in curved and flat profiles.
Unley SA, 2010
A pair of townhouses close to the CBD that demonstrate high end finishes driven by a brief that placed sustainability at the forefront. The challenge was to maximize solar access for all rooms when the northern street front was no wider than 6 metres. The design focuses around a narrow central atrium with a lap pool that doubles as a cooling source for internal living spaces. Both levels have polished concrete floors for thermal mass and all windows are double glazed aluminium. Walls are clad in rendered autoclaved aerated concrete panels and the exposed roof is clad in Alucobond. Extensive aluminium sunshading protects all windows and provides screening from neighboring properties.