Residential Architecture - Barr Street

Residential Architecture - Barr Street from Webber Architects

By: Webber Architects  29-Jan-2013
Keywords: Architects, Building Design, Home Design

Designed to optimise the use of this small corner block and provide a new singledwelling to our client’s brief. The house has two wings fronting Barr andFrederick Streets enclosing a north facing a rear yard. The brief was for aneconomical new single dwelling to include 4 bedrooms, a study, laundry,bathroom and en-suite for a master bedroom. The living, kitchen and diningrooms were to open onto private external living areas. A double garage was alsorequired with access only permitted onto Barr Street. The two two storey wings are joined by an entry and double height entry hall whichrises through the plan. The 90 degree plan form forms a private rear yard and anda irregular front yard in the acute angle formed by Bar and Frederick Streetswhere the pool is located.The firstfloor has been setback from the northern and western boundaries which helps toreduce the bulk of the building within the surrounding one storey context. The southern wing of the ground floor has a double garage which opens onto the rearyard along with a bathroom, Laundry and guest bedroom. Separating the southernand eastern wing of the house is the entry and stair hall with a void above. Atground level the entry opens directly to a covered patio that leads to the rearyard and entertaining deck. One ofthe principals of the design was to maximise solar access into the plan. This has been achieved with large areas of glazing to northern side of the dwellingon both levels with the upper level shaded by a generous 900mm eave overhang. The dwelling has been designed to maximise through ventilation in summer, withliving spaces open on two sides with a potential stack effect up through thedwelling on hot days. The upper level walls and roof are well insulated toprevent heat loss during the winter. The materials and finishes have been selected to compliment its coastal setting. Rendered brick has been selected for the external envelope on the ground floor with clear finishedplywood for the upper section of the second storey, which helps articulate thebuilding mass in the existing one storey surrounding context.Clear anodised aluminium window and doorframes have been used with both clear and obscure glazing. A Colorbond roof wasselected for durability in the coastal environment.

Keywords: Architects, Architectural Design, Building Design, Home Design, House Design

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