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Fairfield Residence

Archameleon Architects

Victoria Entries 2010

This project is an addition to an existing timber weatherboard house circa 1950. The client needed more space and wanted the new work to reflect the family's love of the outdoors and gardening, cooking, and family time, the needs of a teenage daughter and a Collie puppy.

Timber was an obvious choice for this project. The design is like a contemporary translation of the existing structure, where Shadowclad is like a highly evolved weatherboard cladding system, yet still utilitarian with its integral bracing properties and egalitarian in its low cost and friendly feel. The addition is timber-floored, -framed, and -clad, and creates a new wing within the confines of the under-utilised side yard of the property. The existing rear lean-to structure was removed and a new external living space and carport was added in its place.

Each of these three parts has its own roof: The main part comprises three surfaces that rise from a low valley at the rear rising dramatically at a pitch of 25deg to higher eaves at the centre, these inclines and declines echoing the shape and lightness of a butterfly's wings. It is sheltering and protective but also open and engaging being connected to the ground with a 4.4m high, 250 x 250mm central post of recycled ironbark. This is a sculptural centre piece and a climax of the design.

The north-facing Living Room wall bi-fold folds away to the side at the deck, creating one large living space spanning inside and outside. The whole of it is protected by its high raking ceiling over. The canopy provides a shady place with good ventilation in summer and shelter from wind and rain in winter while permitting solar access.
The Shadowclad grooves create a rhythm of light and shade along the north edge of the building and help define the contours of the building’s skin, in particular at the high triangular clerestory and splayed dining room window.

The angular form of the building provides a counterpoint to the garden's luscious curves.

You can’t help but go up pat the lovely old ironbark veranda post and the client loves the warmth, acoustics and feel of their timber-floored, -framed, and -clad house.
Entered into:
  • Residential Class 1, Best Renovation (Single family dwellings/townhouses), 2010
  • Best Use Of Timber Panels, 2010
  • Best Use Of Australian Certified Timber, 2010
  • Best Use Of Recycled Timber, 2010
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