Timber was chosen as the primary material for this project for several reasons. It is sustainable, cost effective, durable in a coastal setting and lightweight (an important consideration for access). As importantly timber looks great and provides a softness to complement the modernist architecture, ensuring the building is a home with warmth and texture.
The project was conceived as a combination of timber, steel and glass. The marriage and detailing of these materials is a constant theme throughout the project, each supporting, complimenting and enhancing the other.
The house consists of two pavilions, the main using a steel and timber structure whilst the second pavilion is timber frame. Sustainable pacific teak cladding unifies the two structures. The main outdoor area is a timber deck suspended from cantilevered flitch beams. These beams use recycled grey ironbark to re-enforce the cruciform steel plates and provide a defining element which extends from inside to outside. This timber flitch detailing is reflected in the external handrails. Here a heat treated American ash is bolted through steel fins to take the timber handrail and balustrading. This treated timber product (we believe used for the first time in Australia) has an extremely low moisture content to provide a highly stable material for exposure to the elements.
Crucial to the design is a two-storey void where many timber elements combine. A curved timber stair is at the heart of the house connecting the communal areas, providing legible and inviting circulation within the home. The timber elements of this stair emphasise the movement, the timber capping forms a compound curve from laminated layers of grey ironbark, whilst a large handrail floats on glass.
Elsewhere recycled grey ironbark is used extensively in joinery, providing a contrast to the blonder tallowood flooring that unifies the house.