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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Scapehouse in Victoria, Australia by Andrew Simpson Architects (designed using AutoCAD and Rhino)

 
October 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Andrew Simpson

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

This project for a family coastal residence is located on a stunning isolated site in eastern Victoria on former farmland. The design is an investigation of how an idealised conception of “house” is transformed by its context and use. The site has extraordinary qualities: harsh prevailing winds of the Roaring Forties; sloping site; and sublime panoramic views from Cape Liptrap to Wilson’s Promontory. The residence required maximum flexibility as a beach home that could accommodate varying sleeping needs – anything from a single guest to burgeoning family summer holidays.

 

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

  • Architect: Andrew Simpson Architects
  • Name of Project: Scapehouse
  • Location: Cape Liptrap, Victoria, Australia
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Project Team: Andrew Simpson, Owen West, Steve Hatzellis, Dennis Prior, Stephan Bekhor, Eugene An
  • Builder: GK and KM Trease Builders
  • Structural Engineer: Adams Consulting Engineers
  • Photography: Christine Francis
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino

As a point of departure, the sectional character of the design adopts an idealised child-like profile of a gabled house. However this reading of the architecture is subverted by a reorientation of the plan. The house twists to accommodate framed views and take advantage of the natural fall of the site, with two wings capturing significant views of the landscape to the east and west. These arms of the building create a sheltered area to the north side which provides a protected area from the prevailing winds. Internally the wings are mediated by an ambiguous central space that operates as provisional gallery, entry, veranda, storage, dining, lounge and circulation zone. This contested area engages more directly with the landscape and environment and accommodates shifting patterns of use.

 

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

East Elevation

North Elevation

South Elevation

West Elevation

Sequence Diagram

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Categories: Autocad, House, Rhino

One Response to “Scapehouse in Victoria, Australia by Andrew Simpson Architects (designed using AutoCAD and Rhino)”

  1. thinsmek says:

    Very cool! Great ideas and beauty.

    Also, that is wonderful photography! I can never take such faultless photos

    First-rate!

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