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Little Gore St Studio

Fitzroy Studio Fitzroy Studio Nick Doolan Photography

Victoria Entries 2012

Timber is used extensively throughout this project to create a truly unique response to urban densification. The new two-story building replaces an existing dilapidated garage, houses a carport and bathroom at ground floor, with home studio above.

An ethereal skin is created through the application of vertical timber battens that are screw fixed to three curved laminated timber beams. These laminated beams compound curve in two directions wrapping around the building façade, vertically twisting at roof level to create a raking ceiling. The open skin created by the yellow stringy bark battens blurs the distinction between the internal and external, resulting in a permeable privacy screen. The repetition of the battens creates a unified façade, the oil based finished ensuring its longevity and highlighting the natural appearance of the timber.

An open timber stair made from recycled brush box floats delicately between the inner walls and the external timber skin of the building, connecting the inhabitant to the garden as they move between floors. The timber theme continues throughout the building interior with bamboo floors providing a warm and hard wearing working surface. The studio bench tops and cupboard faces are made from recycled red gum and the ceiling is clad with geometric faceted plywood panels with recessed shadow lines.

The skin is integral to the passive design principals of the building, enabling the building to breath and providing abundant natural light. The roof structure cantilever's over glazing to protect the inner spaces from the harsh summer sun but allows for dappled light through its battened exterior during winter. Victorian Ash double-glazed sliding doors and windows on the second story create fresh-air cross-ventilation paths throughout the level. Water is harvested from the roof and stored in a 5000 litre water tank which supports the lush garden, providing the perfect setting for this unique building.
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