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DESIGN ELEMENT Internal courtyard.
WHY IT WORKS “The external
environment is brought into the home
though a series of courtyards like this
one,” says architect Tim Lanigan of
Hillam Architects. “It’s very much an
ornamental space. But it is useful for light
and ventilation, too. It allows you to keep
the doors open in the master bedroom, but
also be secure.” Hillam Architects (08) 6380
DESIGN ELEMENT Hardworking fireplace.
WHY IT WORKS Fireplaces just heat the room – right? Wrong.
This hardworking design’s benefits are three-fold: from the
entrance, it is a focal point to draw people towards the living
spaces (see below); from the dining room on the left, it heats; from
the right, it heats and shuts off the relaxation zone from the dining
and kitchen areas. “So you have the opportunity to sit on one side
and read a magazine, relax, then use the kitchen and the dining
room independently from that,” says building designer Dane
Richardson of Dane Design Australia. Dane Design Australia
(08) 9755 3861, www.danedesignaustralia.com .au .
DESIGN ELEMENT Louvres.
WHY IT WORKS While there’s nostalgia attached to the
louvre – many of us would remember the frosted-glass
louvred ‘sleep-out’ – Andrew Macliver of A&A Macliver says
they’re also an efficient way to draw in breezes for cross-flow
ventilation. “By setting them within a recess, as illustrated
here, the air is compressed and forced into the building more
so than if on a flat wall,” Andrew says. Louvres are typically
faced west or east to offer minimal, but quality, exposure
to late afternoon or early morning light. A&A Macliver
Architecture & Interior Design (08) 9335 7769.
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