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A thick stone wall as an unfolding container
within a landscape drove the evolution of this
project, a collaboration with Osnat Harlap from
UrbanFrameworks and Chindarsi Architects.
While considering ideas such as ‘threshold’ and
‘boundary’, the house gradually opens up to the
north from an introverted south-facing frontage.
A desire for a home committed to environmental
efficiency is translated into a project that explores
an extended building life-cycle. Passive-solar
design and high thermal massing, as well as rain
and wastewater management are incorporated.
Honesty of materials and north-facing
orientation allow the interplay between light and
materiality to take a key role in articulating spaces.
Stretching across the site, this container
creates a sense of the horizontal that is explored
throughout the project at various scales, from
floating interior elements, to cantilevered pergolas.
This, combined with a minimal palette and the
dominance of light, co-exists in a dynamic tension
with the solid materiality of stone.
A central void space with various living areas
is seen as an internalised courtyard, conceptually
continuous with the external garden beyond.
From here a timber container wall grows
within, both defining and weaving a variety of
spaces and functions together to create platforms
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