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.
KANGAROO POINT HOUSE in Sydney , South Australia by dmj Design Studio
November 16th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Diego Jaime
Situated in Sydney South (Australia) and enjoying of great western views to the Georges River and eastern views to Oyster Bay this house has been erected to enjoy of the natural surroundings and at the same time to offer a high level of privacy to its occupants from the neighbors.
The owners wanted a house which will offer to them a luxurious life style and provide them with some of the services of a club at home. As a result of their brief it was designed and built a 550m2 house on a 1,300m2 plot which includes 3 Car spaces, 4 Bedrooms, home office, bar, home theatre, 2 living areas with entertaining balconies, swimming pool, gym, spa, BBQ area, boat facilities and extensive garden areas.
The whole project was developed in three different levels along the steep hillside. The main house containing the main living areas and bedrooms is located on the highest point above a rock outcrop, a bit lower towards the middle of the site is located the Cabana with the gym, Spa and BBQ area and in the bottom of the site are the boat facilities. All the different sections along the site are linked by a 5 stops inclinator lift.
The main natural feature on site is a rock outcrop which is listed as a heritage natural formation and which use to give shelter to the Australian aboriginals from the area. The main living areas are located over this rock in order to enjoy of the splendid views towards the river. High ceilings and open spaces enhance a modern living style.
Water elements, open areas and panoramic views are concepts which are present in every part of the house. All the main spaces are interacting with the outside and the natural surroundings become an extension of the interior in the main areas of the house.
The volume is based on a three juxtaposed cubes scheme linked by a straight circulation axis which is repeated on Ground and First Floor with variations on size and materials. Big glazed openings separate the different volumes and provide sun access to the interior to maintain the house warm in the winter months and to provide panoramic views. Variation on materials such as aluminum, timber and painted masonry walls create solid volumes with a range of textures. The materials were chosen based on low maintenance and durability.
It incorporates passive solar heating techniques, the mass of the walls allow them to store northern sun heat during the day to slowly release it to the interior at night in winter, in summer keeps the inside cooler by stopping the sun heat to penetrate to the house during the day. The living areas floor is stone to increase sun heat storage during the winter months. It has 2 water recycling tanks which are then used to irrigate the gardens, flushing the toilets and to use on the laundry. Low-e glass, high rated fixtures and solar hot water system are also implemented.
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