This Thirroul family home takes its cues from the geological layers of the Illawarra Escarpment surrounding it. A black concrete slab and portal frames enclose the living areas, referencing the coal layers below, and support a lightweight structure containing private areas lined in fibro and hardwood.
Located under the escarpment, but close to the sea, this new home in Coledale now accommodates a family in the main house and visitors, family and guests in a granny flat on the street corner.
A simple building volume runs north south creating a larger area for outdoor living to the east. To collect the sun, the western elevation is composed of strong blades, opening to the north and protecting from the afternoon heat from the west. The east elevation continues the guiding of views, and filtering of light through a covered, planted verandah.
Located on a large, north facing site of epic proportions within the town, but just below the Illawarra Escarpment; this extension creates a new living area for a family of four and their guests.
Concentrating private spaces within the existing house and adding the new north facing living pavilion allowed for the retention of the 1950s brick bungalow in its entirety making best use of the tighter spaces within.
This Southern Highlands pavilion home sits on an escarpment platform sheltered by the Yarrawa Brush to the west and looking out over Kangaroo valley towards the coast.
The building in two parts is designed to resonate with the beauty of the Australian landscape. The property is a unique and iconic one. It sits high on the escarpment with easterly views towards the ocean offering a powerful vista across the valley foreground.
On a tight, steeply sloping site in Kiama, this small extension hovers above the entry and workshop to afford a family space to grow.
Its hard steel shell encases a warm plywood interior from which to look out through the trees and across the native front garden.
This project dubbed 'The Pod' by its owners, is a modern interpretation of the traditional timber framed fibro granny flat. It helps a family of four plus grandparents from overseas, who come to stay with the family over summer, meet their unique needs with a minimum of new building work.
This 2 bedroom home was designed customising the modular, prefabricated building system of our sister company Joint Modular to suit the particularities of the site while being easy to transport and construct.
On a steeply sloping block near the Bangalow heritage conservation area and overlooking the hinterland, the new home needed to comply with certain design requirements such as a particular roof pitch. Two basic Joint modules form the private spaces while a custom high ceilinged section between them creates the living areas that open to both the front and rear gardens.
The Copper House in Coogee, Sydney was designed as a beach holiday retreat. It is essentially a granny flat that sits on an extremely tight and steep site, resulting in a small footprint. Stepping down the hill, the three sections of the building follow the contour. A butterfly roof allows both views and admits winter sun while privacy for its occupants and neighbours is maintained.
The prototype of the Takt Studio range, this building provides studio workspaces and meeting / model making room for Takt | Studio for Architecture. It was constructed as a modular, prefabricated building in order to allow it to be moved to a different location when required.
The building explores the possibilities of reduction to the bare essentials of shelter. Naturally cross ventilated, yet well insulated and with minimal services, it is not much more than a crafted encampment. As such it is a demonstration of the core principles of Takt.
This extension for a family of four adds a new living area to a small little cottage in the Southern Highlands.
The design strategically locates all private spaces within the existing cosy, but darker cottage and moves the new gathering space into the extension.
A pop-up roof section admits northern light into the living area and a back wall of local brickwork provides thermal mass.