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Cloud Chamber



Victoria Entries 2010

This new house is conceptually a vertical tripartite massing of timber base, copper body, and white opening plasterboard roof unfolding on the ascent up the floating timber stair. Inside the front door large chunks are buried into timber stud wall and cantilever 1.0 metre to form elegant stair-treads. A hanging timber-clad balustrade floats miraculously above the 10 metre long workstation.

Throughout the lower level expanding and shifting timber surfaces are set up on the ground plane to define the garage that doubles as a timber-lined conference room. A hidden shed behind swing-open timber doors reveals the accoutrements for modern tool-man. Overhead tilt-up timber cupboards hide detritus of work. Beyond the garage are four workstations created by cantilevering solid timber panels out from the timber-clad walls. Day-to-day experiences are enriched by the tactile touch of skin on timber. Solid timber work desks are warmed by knee-high heating hidden beneath benches in winter, sun-drenched in summer.

Victorian Ash floors abut shopfront-size glass panels that line the northern deck edge, meeting Silver Top Ash in secret-nailed profile with drainage slots every half metre. Underground rain-water tanks reticulate 6000 litres to flush toilets and fill the washing machine. A timber-topped Japanese bath grounds the eight metre external cantilevered bench. Beyond the deck the Silver Top Ash continues up the fence completing the visual termination of inside space indicating timber versatility on outside surfaces.

Deeper into the property full-height timber-clad doors slide open to reveal the timber-clad kitchenette bench and warm timber-lined bathroom. Window panels cantilever for air and light, toilet paper and concealed cupboards are paneled into the woodwork. Strips of solid Victorian Ash separate in the rear space to form the bookcase.

Local timber has been used in every facet of enclosing and furnishing this modern street-oriented terrace.
Entered into:
  • Residential Class 1, New Buildings (Single family dwellings/townhouses), 2010
  • Best Use Of Solid Timber Cladding, 2010
  • Best Use Of Australian Certified Timber, 2010
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