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Ardross | Gerry Kho Architects ARCHITECTS
This clients’ brief was fairly straightforward –
they desired a large two-storey home with
a guest house located at the rear of the property.
They also wanted a courtyard or internal
garden in the centre of the house.
Gerry Kho Architects worked very closely
with the clients from the initial concept stage to
ensure the details of the brief were completely
understood. The objective was to produce
a design that embodied the clients’ requirements
while suiting their way of life. It also needed to
be adaptable for future lifestyle changes.
The striking street appeal boasts an earthy
block-work wall that appears almost to
be framed by the white cubic envelope.
This feature fin wall is not just a striking
contrast aesthetically; its main purpose is
for thermal mass inside.
Cedar cladding and battens provide
eye-catching exterior elements and have
been purposely left unsealed so that they
fade to grey over time; a poetic ‘time keeper’
as the building ages.
The exterior walls that hold this timber
cladding are where lightweight construction
materials have been used (such as insulated
timber studwork). Reverse brick veneer was
incorporated for the purpose of increased
thermal performance of the building.
Almost upstaging the front facade is the
larger-than-life front entry, boasting a pivot
door standing 3m tall and 1.8m wide.
Saunter through the living area to discover
the internal courtyard framing the sky,
simultaneously injecting life and colour into
the surrounding peppery colour scheme.
Dark commercial-grade window frames
have been used around this decked area and
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