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Hunters Hill Pavilion

Image 01 Image 01 Photographer: Andrew McBride

Mark Gazy of Formwork Architecture

NSW & ACT Entries 2010

The clients wished to create a new living space that would transform the existing house and its connection with the garden. A new steel, glass and timber pavilion was added to the finely crafted timber and brick 1970’s rear addition. The pavilion is set within a newly landscaped garden, and flows out onto a new timber deck and pool.

The existing addition had a striking western red cedar panelled cathedral ceiling, with exposed oregon rafters and blackbutt flooring. The new pavilion extends the timber roof form with full height glazed timber framed door and window infills between the steel structure.

The pavilion and deck are north facing, with large eave overhangs emphasising the form of the roof while providing good solar control and a sense of lightness. The full height sliding doors are installed on individual tracks so the doors can slide into multiple configurations, and the sashless timber windows maximise the views out. External western red cedar blinds are electronically controlled, shielding the pavilion from the western sun and providing a varied texture of light and shadow to the space.

Tallowwood is used for the external deck, stairs and pool cover enclosure. The deck is detailed to appear to float off the ground. A timber batten blade wall forms the balustrade to the western stair, and conceals the pool plant and bbq. A similar timber batten pool cover enclosure also houses pool toys and doubles up as a sunbaking bench.

Oil finishes to the timber were chosen over polyurethanes to bring out the natural warmth and character of the timbers, while being easy to maintain and are less toxic.

The kitchen joinery was made from Spotted Gum veneer, with solid timber edge strips giving a crafted feel to the joinery. The benchtop was made from solid timber, and its organic form responds to the existing spaces and cantilevers out to form a sitting area.
Entered into:
  • Best Use Of Australian Certified Timber, 2010
  • Best Use Of Timber Flooring, 2010
  • Residential Class 1, Best Renovation (Single family dwellings/townhouses), 2010
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