Winner of The Western Red Cedar Award, 2010
Barwon Heads is in a period of significant change. Heritage overlays currently protect older fishing shacks whilst the less significant built fabric remaining in the seaside town is progressively being redeveloped and architecture is now significantly contributing to the evolution of this small coastal township.
In this case a young family engaged the architects to design their new permanent residence which would replace a dilapidated 1950’s two storey house that was beyond repair. A sculptural building form emerged from the clients brief and the house was primarily conceived to immerse itself over time as a natural extension of the surrounding Ti-tree dominated landscape.
The house is wrapped in as skin of vertical cedar battens (providing privacy and solar protection) which appear to emerge from the front fence intentionally confusing the relationship between built form and landscape.Timber is used throughout this project for its aesthetic relationship with the surrounding landscape setting and also for its durability in the harsh coastal environment. The circular form was easily achieved through the use of horizontal softwood cedar ship-lap cladding which is secured to the primary timber structural frame by opposing vertical cedar battens.
The primary structural frame of the house is timber and the use of timber extends to both internal and external cladding, window and door frames, decks, soffits and the internal flooring throughout the first floor level.