That Previous Chestnut Home / FIGR Structure & Design
Textual content description supplied by the architects. As our cities incrementally and inevitably densify, we glance to occupy the tiny nooks and crannies for a spot we are able to name house. Positioned amongst the hubbub of supply vehicles, bicycles, and a unending procession of car site visitors; this undertaking sits inside a minute 160m2 web site, backing onto a key business precinct inside Cremorne in Melbourne. Regardless of the location’s context, our consumer beloved the sheer richness and vibrance of the realm a lot that they got down to make this place a long-term place of residence.
The design transient seeks to maximise consolation, photo voltaic passive design, and entry to pure mild – made all of the tougher resulting from an impending twelve-storey growth to be constructed close by. To resolve this, the volumes of the proposed additions have been deliberate out in collaboration with the adjoining neighbor who on the time was granted a planning allow for a two-storey extension to the north of the topic web site. By working collectively, views of the sky have been in impact doubled and mutual visible privateness for each properties was achieved with out the necessity for bodily privateness screens.
The format is an intentional departure from the everyday open plan plug-in to the again of an older home. As an alternative, features and areas straddle the perimeter of the yard in order to create a steady interface and reference to the backyard and landscaped pergola. Full with worm composting and a rain backyard, the compact however the hard-working yard is irrigated with a 2500-liter rainwater harvesting tank, supplied along with solar-boosted sizzling water and above and beyond-code necessities.
Very similar to Cremorne itself the concrete, timber, and galvanized metal materiality of the home is imagined as unapologetically gritty and strong. The latter of which, a pure and mandatory reference to the fast historic context of employees’ cottage roofscapes, seen within the native space.
Inside, the partitions are lined with Australian noticed gum veneer panels completed with water-based non-solvent sealers and prefinished cement sheets. Plasterboard is used sparingly and solely the place mandatory – such because the tall ‘eggshell’ skylight inner quantity, supposed to diffuse and amplify incoming daylight.