SAAJ Design's new house is the jewel in the town.
This project is set on a small block of land. Adjacent properties are large and established. Newer housing developments are conservative choosing to imitate previous architectural styles.
Our strategy to contrast or contextualize with the intimidating scale of the adjacent houses was to treat the house like a jewel. As a necklace sits on the expanse of ones body, we have created a jewel-like façade that sits in the streetscape. Traditional jewellery making cuts stone and polishes them to beautify the stone’s form and lustre of colour. This reflected our client’s thoughts of the property, small but valuable.
A 3-dimensional faceted glass façade, combining slump glass, textured and flat colour back triangular panels fronts the street. The jewel façade naturally glistens with morning sun; the shapes are exaggerated by shadow and texture. This is transformed at night with back lighting. The front fence is constructed with folded steel panels, some solid and some semi-transparent, painted white to reinforce the idea that the house is a plinth (or ‘ring’) for which the ‘jewel’ sits on.