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Byron Bay House

Overall view of the East Pavillion Overall view of the East Pavillion Brett Boardman

Drew Heath

NSW & ACT Entries 2010

This is a family house located in the hinterland of Byron Bay. It sits on a fabulous site of large gardens that overlook the bay. It is a courtyard house in plan with a series of rooms and decks surrounding the central space. The house is not only a place of habitation but also a gallery of indigenous art works.

The indigenous works on bark and timber and the timber and stone sculptures inspired the timber engineered solution in structure and detail. The courtyard plan suggested a grid of rooms, some open and some closed, but all held together by a principal post and beam structure. The influence of traditional Japanes pavillions is apparent.

The main post and beam structure is always exposed and always present. The connections are a display of craftsmanship and the control of dimension. The spans and grid of the building are determined by the timber sizes and maximum spans for this type of structure.

The post and beam frame is then broken down into parts and detailed with smaller sections. The cladding is a series of vertical boards of different dimension that allow control of alignment and detail at openings. The internal walls are timber framed and plywood clad. The background structure is then overlaid with an intricate layer of detailed timber screens and joinery.

In all places the details and structure have been designed to be built,crafted and displayed. Timber is used for its inherent warmth and character. Within the landscape the house is a background, within the house the structure is a background and within the structure the detail is the background, and within the details is care and craftsmandship of timber.
Entered into:
  • Residential Class 1, New Buildings (Single family dwellings/townhouses), 2010
  • Best Use Of Solid Timber Cladding, 2010
  • Best Use Of Timber as a Structural Element, 2010
  • Best Use Of Timber Panels, 2010
  • Best Use Of Recycled Timber, 2010
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