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.
Lefroy Road House in South Fremantle, Australia by Philip Stejskal Architecture
March 23rd, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Philip Stejskal Architecture
A new house in South Fremantle on 441sqm with street frontage.
The proposal grew from an investigation of the wider context and a general propensity to box things. The form of the project can be seen as a rectangular volume that has been carved out to respond to sun, wind and view with a central courtyard providing northern light into the centre of the plan. The general arrangement of the plan also aim to capture the established surrounding greenery.
Its materiality is designed to reflect the familiar local combination of brick and corrugated iron and the clients’ desire to achieve an industrial aesthetic externally. Internally a number of robust materials where selected including polished concrete flooring, concrete block work, galvanised steel balustrades and stone tiles in wet areas and the terrace. To soften this pallet victorian ash timber was selected for the joinery.
The building incorporated a number of passive heating and cooling strategies. It is constructed from reverse brick veneer to provide a thermal mass heat sink. The project also uses ground-source hydraulic under-floor cooling, with closed a loop circulation function for passive temperature distribution between floors. Whilst evaporative cooling operates through the pond in the central courtyard. Operable louvers and ceiling fans also establish good ventialtion internally.
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