Winner of The Solid Timber Cladding Award, 2011
Timber use forms the backbone of the major themes developed in the design of this project. The use of timber, both externally and internally, is inspired from the bushland setting and major trees on the site. Early in the concept development, vertical timber cladding was locked in as the most appropriate material in what was to be a natural earthy palette of materials.
The concept revolves around two timber clad houses, separated by a rammed earth wall, sitting in and around a heavily treed site. A neighbouring house, designed by Robin Boyd, is a simple two storey volume clad in painted vertical timber board and battens. Our project borrows from and updates this cladding technique with a three dimensional shiplap profile.
The colour, texture, and verticality of the yellow stringy bark cladding allow the houses to blend in and harmonise with the landscape and in particular the large eucalypts. The natural palette is drawn into the interior with flooring, stairs, door and window frames in timber. The flooring in spotted gum is drawn through the house and to the first floor via the stairs. The windows are divided at ground level by exaggerated mullions clad in mitered spotted gum boards.
From the internal spaces the external cladding is visible through windows and internal courtyards, so that as the house is moved through the connection with the environment is maintained and reinforced by the presence of the timber cladding and visual connection with the landscape. Painted MDF is used internally both as wall paneling and cabinetry.
External living spaces are also clad and lined in timber, extending onto the timber decks of random width boards, which are intentionally left unfinished so as to silver off, as do the branches and leaves on the ground shed from the surrounding trees.