This house sits high on the hillside of an irregular shaped block in the established suburb of Toorak in Melbourne set within a context of varied and substantial villa types.
The house is arranged in a pin-wheel formation creating zoned wings and outdoor spaces
that from any approach presents a varying picturesque elevation of stepped volumes, projecting eaves,
and sweeping verandahs integrating with the landscape.
The resolve to draw on an organic understanding of a buildings place within a landscape is suitably demonstrated with concrete panels in aptly retaining, terracing & framing the landscape. The massing of forms and the raw finish of the material serves its evolving patina, longevity and as expression of its convenience, hygiene and function.
A solid natural palette of interlocking concrete panels suggests the perception of a monolithic “stone like “ construction of clarity & permanence with a hint of a former time.
The expressed dimension of the panels is intent on maximising their physicality rather than their imagery that in turn may allow something else to be seen.
The coherence of the assembly suggests a suspended motion where each part from every vantage is vital to the structural integrity of the composition.
The 49 insulated concrete sandwich panels are finished pre-serviced as delivered to site and put together over a staggered 4 day erection period in a fast track construction program.
The benefit of the high level insulated thermal mass is experienced most in temperate climates such as in Melbourne where substantial temperature swings are tempered and controlled by the thermal envelope which in turn provides for an internal environment of heightened operational & experiential quality.