The design of Fish Creek Home by Version Workplace was totally pushed by its web site. The uncovered South Gippsland block supplied charming views throughout the countryside, however with these got here heavy publicity to the tough winds of the southern shoreline. ‘On calm days, strolling throughout the naked authentic web site was bliss, although when the winds blew, it was uninhabitable,’ says Kim Bridgland, Version Workplace director.
This battle knowledgeable the design response: a home pulled aside into three linked pavilions, every drawing again from the subsequent to permit a connection to the northern solar.
A textured brick wall wraps across the pavilions, sheltering the house from the ferocious winds and making a sequence of protected courtyards within the areas between.
Low-cost recycled bricks type a strong, closely textured mortar exterior sample that catches and shapes the shadow of the solar because it passes throughout the floor. ‘The sunshine and shadow that play throughout the textured floor of the enveloping brick partitions are nearly performative in nature as they shift throughout the home, expressing the shifting ephemerality of the Australian panorama,’ says Kim.
By stretching the house throughout three pavilions, the shoppers are additionally in a position to ‘shrink’ the interiors when they’re its solely occupants, and develop when their household are visiting. Every pavilion is faceted on its northern face, angled to face the solar.
Built-in into the property are a number of sustainable design options. ‘Fairly than being seen as compromises, the design was enabled and pushed by these sustainable ideas.’ says Kim.
60,000 litres of rainwater is caught and saved on web site to produce the home; all waste is handled on-site with a worm farm composting therapy system; and a 7kW photo voltaic PV system is put in on the roof.
Version Workplace have created a house that acts as a mediator for the panorama, whereas providing a deep connection to put.