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* Architecture: Stamp House by Charles Wright Architects

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 2 March 2013

Stamp House by Charles Wright Architects

Architecture: Stamp House by Charles Wright Architects: “..CWA were approached by the project client to deliver a carbon neutral (in operation) solution for an environmentally sensitive site off-grid on the edge of the FNQ beachfront rainforest. The aim was not to simply produce an engineered outcome but produce a building which made the most of the sites natural amenity and re-introduced the surrounding native wetland environment. The building is literally reflected by way of its siting over an engineered water ecosystem which was the result of lengthy liaison & collaboration with National Parks, Environmental Agencies, State and Local Government..The design is formed in an innovative combination of in-situ and precast concrete. The concrete has been engineered & insulated incorporating a total solar panelled roof to provide for a constant cooler & more comfortable ambient temperature year-round. The design utilises massive cantilevers to mitigate impact from potential flooding & king tide inundation associated with cyclonic activity. The project has been designed to be solid and to withstand intense cyclones..ESD initiatives include: total 250,000 ltr water harvesting, recycling & reticulation, renewable solar energy generation with solar backup non-reliant on fossil fuel backup generation, On-site Advanced Tertiary Sewerage treatment plant, grey water recycling & irrigation, Shaded & Insulated Thermal mass engineering, ‘green’ cooling & energy conservation controlled via building automation system (CBUS)..  Interesting form; contextuality; green design..

See another building by Charles Wright Architects:  Architecture: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre by Charles Wright Architects.

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image: © Patrick Bingham Hall; article: “Stamp House / Charles Wright Architects” 25 Feb 2013. ArchDaily

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* Residential Architecture: House Renovation in Chamoson by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 23 February 2013

House Renovation in Chamoson by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Residential Architecture: House Renovation in Chamoson by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes: “..originally erected in 1814 in the mountain town of chamoson, switzerland, the latest house renovation by swiss practice savioz fabrizzi architectes marks the last major structural modification on a dwelling that has evolved throughout the decades all the while holding onto its unique history. the thick stone masonry walls reflect the sturdy construction of the era, born of the same rock that famously defines the jagged backdrop. the deep stone envelope also provides a natural coat of insulation and thermal mass, shading the interior spaces in the summer with inset windows and benefiting from a large thermal mass in the winter. the renovation preserves the soul of the residential edifice by leaving the exterior in as much of its original form as possible, replacing the deteriorating wooden planks that wrap the attic with a contemporary concrete  shell that still matches the general color of the facade. the window wells also provide one of the first hints as to the updated interior, with thin cast frames that subtly provide structural support and match the contemporary needs of a smooth orthogonal language. new larger apertures are cut out of the walls with thermal glass placed flush against the outer facade to retain the memory of the replaced section. situated on a sloping site, the house is split into three levels, with an underpass signaling an original access way before the home was expanded to the third floor situated on the highest point of the property..the interior tells an entirely different story, updated with soft pristine concrete partitions and surfaces that playfully contrast with areas of the exposed rugged historical walls. light reflects off of the semi-polished exposed finishes highlighting the decisive touches of orange fixtures that add a lively dynamic. the rooftop serves as a base for the 23 square-meters of solar panels that throughout the year generate 35% of the needed heating energy. the result nests the contemporary home within a sort of primordial vessel at the base of the breathtaking mountains, expressing an agreeable union between the character of the past and the function of the future..”  Interesting renovation, fenestration, materiality..

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image: © thomas jantscher, courtesy of savioz fabrizzi architectes; article: Designboom

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* Residential Architecture: Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 17 January 2013

Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects

Residential Architecture: Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects: “..Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand – a black rough sawn timber box sits looking north to the sea..The dark exterior palette is completed with a layer of perforated metal screens. This operable layer allows the moderation of light / air and protection both when occupied and alone. Internally walls and floors are clad with oiled oak boards that provide a warm counter to its robust exterior..The programme provides for a pair of symmetrical bedrooms and ensuites set about a central living space. Care has been made to limit the scale of the building and maintain a sense of ‘cottage’. The building is off the grid, powered by solar panels [and] independent systems for water collection and treatment..This is a retreat that provides shelter, warmth and comfort to engage with the wilderness and isolation of the remote setting..”  Truly outstanding site; extensive glazing, natural light, ocean views; contextual and materials sensibility; sustainability..

See our posts on four other projects by Fearon Hay Architects:

image: © Patrick Reynolds; article: “Storm Cottage / Fearon Hay Architects” 14 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Jan 2013. http://www.archdaily.com/318124

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* Residential Architecture: Sauna Box by Castor Canadensis – Shipping Container Transformed into a Sauna

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 10 January 2013

Shipping Container Transformed into a Sauna by Castor Canadensis

Residential Architecture: Sauna Box by Castor Canadensis – Shipping Container Transformed into a Sauna: “..canadian design studio castor canadensis have re-envisioned a common shipping container with more of a luxurious quality – the ‘sauna box’ – and is now available for purchase at the modest price of $41,000 (US). the ‘sauna box’ was created as a traditional wood-burning steam bath to embody multiple features – it is water tight; can be moved to any location; needs very little site preparation; has a wood fired stove and is also powered by solar panels. each unit is site specific and custom built with an outer skin fabricated from corten steel – a material that is known for enduring saltwater. the sculptural aesthetic evident throughout the design is continued to the interior with hand-made objects such as carved stone stools, stone sink, as well as wood and metal elements. the ‘box’ comes also standard with ipod stereo, electric guitar hook-up, castor-designed stoolmagnetic truck light and also bronze antlers!..”  Fabulous!  Toasty!

See our posts on two other saunas:

image: castor canadensis; article: Designboom

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