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Courtyard House



NSW & ACT Entries 2010

This dwelling has been conceived as a series of “planar” elements which reflects the horizontality of the surrounding coastal environment. Hovering roofing provides part shelters to an expansive decking area on upper level and a secluded internal courtyard space on ground level.

The in/out spaces are defined by series of operable doors, louvers and skylight which promote natural ventilation, sunlight and visual connectivity. Richness in materiality is achieved by composition of calsil silicate facebrick & dark stained Western Red Cedar joinery, which has been heavily utilized throughout the dwelling.

Western Red Cedar has been selected for the timber elements of the dwelling due to its durability and suitability to be used in exposed environment. This particular species is highly flexible to work with and readily accept finishing coatings. In this project, all the timber elements have been stained with deep, lustrous black ebony tone to create a contrasting element to the otherwise pure and pared back masonry walls. A high degree of craftsmanship and precision setouts were required to accomplish most of the detailing involved in the joinery work. The clean and sharp miter joints are evident to all corners and junctions of the awnings, columns, wall claddings and sun-shading elements, where fixing of all timber elements to the main structural walls and frames were carefully concealed.
Entered into:
  • Best Use Of Solid Timber Cladding, 2010
  • Residential Class 1, New Buildings (Single family dwellings/townhouses), 2010
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