TAKT Studio for Architecture | Illawarra
Studio for Architecture and Design - Residential, Public, Commercial, Granny Flats
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Escarpment House

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.

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Escarpment House | Thirroul 2017

AIA Country Division Residential Architecture Award 2017

Just above sea level, perched on a sandstone platform surrounded by the Illawarra escarpment, this site enjoys northerly views and sunlight. 

Elongated east west and maximising shelter from the south, a simple two storey plan sees sleeping accommodation perched over a living space connected directly to its outside garden. This ground floor undercroft is defined by a rhythmic concrete post and beam structure, which continues into the landscape to blur inside and out.

Views are carefully orchestrated - to the escarpment to highlight connection between earth and sky, and to the ocean to the east.

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The front entrance is framed by hardwood screens that provide privacy, shade and a framework for plants peaking through the neighbours fence.

A flexible plan incorporating a separate entrance to one bedroom and associated facilities, ensures a great flexibility for the current and future owners. It is easily adapted to a home business, teenage retreat, or multi-generational living.

All materials are chosen for their inherent texture and appearance with clear finished timbers, raw and waxed concrete and burnished steel giving the house its character.

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Builder _ Bricon Projects
Engineering _ Northrop Engineers
Joinery _ Advanced Kitchens

Photography _ Shantanu Starick