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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.

Cylindrical Henley House in Victoria, Australia by Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects

 
January 22nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects

Barwon Heads is in a period of significant change. Heritage overlays currently protect older fishing shacks whilst the less significant built fabric remaining in the seaside town is progressively being redeveloped and architecture is now significantly contributing to the evolution of this small coastal township. In this case a young family engaged JCB to design their new permanent residence which would replace a dilapidated 1950’s two storey house that was beyond repair. A sculptural building form emerged from the clients brief which jokingly requested a planetarium as an inclusion. This led to the exploration of circular forms and resulted in a circular skylight in the first floor living areas as a direct reference however the house was primarily conceived to immerse itself over time as a natural extension of the Ti-tree dominated landscape. The house is wrapped in as skin of vertical cedar battens (providing privacy and solar protection) which appear to emerge from the front fence intentionally confusing the relationship between built form and landscape.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

  • Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects
  • Project: Cylindrical Henley House
  • Location: Henley Street, Barwon Heads Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: John Gollings
  • Project Team: Jon Clements, Graham Burrows, Tim Jackson, Chris Botterill, Nick James
  • Landscape Design: Tim Nicholas
  • Project Duration: Design 6 months , Construction 12 months
  • Builder: Irene Morgan
  • Structural: Lambert and Rehbein
  • Project Size: 370m2
  • Construction Cost: Confidential
  • Completion Date: 2009

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Barwon Heads is in a period of significant change. Heritage overlays currently protect older fishing shacks whilst the less significant fabric of the seaside town is progressively being redeveloped. Architecture is now significantly contributing to the evolution of this small coastal township, and in this case a young family engaged us to design their new permanent residence which would replace a dilapidated 1950’s two storey house that was beyond repair.

Wanted or not, fame was brought upon the township in the past decade as a result of ABC’s Sea Change series and both the town and its eclectic personalities have been subconsciously divided into morphing factions forever debating the merits associated with progress or change.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

The rise and rise of Architecture is met with similar resistance to a new bridge in this community. Many are opinionated about its impact on the changing face of the town and it is with some hesitation that clients take on contemporary architectural projects, fearing an uprising of resistance that might lead to being burnt on the cross. Our clients were locals rather than recent “sea-changers” and they were totally committed to challenging the dark force behind the somewhat seasonally influenced Silver Haired Resistance.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

The Hippy and the Yuppy, madly in love with three young children and an open brief….a new two storey house on an expansive site which was to be their permanent residence. Their requests extended to a “green” house that would appropriately contribute to the townships evolving contemporary character. An unusual and somewhat humorous presentation was the desired inclusion of a planetarium which “would be kind of cool, so we can lie on our backs and stare at the stars… yeah?”.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

In response to this half-joked demand, we immediately engaged in the exploration of circular forms as a loose reference to the traditional star gazer. The brief was challenged by the inherent constraints of the pure circle and the design concepts eventually evolved to become a series of sprawling spaces nestled under a primarily circular form.

The sculptural form of building appears to have emerged as part landscape, part streetscape. The front fence competes with the boundary condition, folding and thrusting itself back onto the site to become part of the skin, wrapping the building in a protective layer and then returning to ground to re-engage with the rear fence ….perhaps like a constrictor embracing its silver haired prey.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

The battened skin provides important solar protection to glazed windows and provides necessary privacy to private spaces in the upper form. Further ESD strategies include Solar Hot water Systems, Solar Pool Heating, Rainwater retention and harvesting for toilet, garden and washing machine use, high performance double glazing and under floor heating. Air-conditioning systems were not required on the basis that the house achieved a 7.5 star energy rating.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Further text variation:

Barwon Heads is in a period of significant change. Heritage overlays currently protect older fishing shacks whilst the less significant built fabric remaining in the seaside town is progressively being redeveloped and architecture is now significantly contributing to the evolution of this small coastal township.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

In this case a young family engaged JCB to design their new permanent residence which would replace a dilapidated 1950’s two storey house that was beyond repair. A sculptural building form emerged from the client’s brief which jokingly requested a planetarium as an inclusion. In response we immediately engaged in the exploration of circular forms as a loose reference to the traditional star gazer. The brief was challenged by the inherent constraints of the pure circle and the design concepts eventually evolved to become a series of sprawling spaces nestled under a primarily circular form.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

The sculptural form of building was primarily conceived to immerse itself over time as a natural extension of the surrounding  Ti-tree dominated landscape. The semi transparent front fence intentionally blurs the distinction between built form and landscape. The fence departs from the traditional boundary condition by folding and thrusting itself back onto the site to become part of the skin, wrapping the building in a protective layer and then returning to ground to re-engage with the rear boundary.

Image Courtesy © Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects

Image Courtesy © Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects

The battened skin provides important solar protection to double glazed windows and provides necessary privacy to private spaces in the upper form. Further ESD strategies include Solar Hot water Systems, Solar Pool Heating, Rainwater harvesting (for toilet, garden and washing machine use), high performance double glazing and under floor heating. Air-conditioning systems were not required on the basis that the house achieved a 7.5 star energy rating.

Image Courtesy © Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects

Image Courtesy © Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects

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