Commendation for Housing

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The residence is situated on a densely timbered, sloping 3,000 square metre hill block overlooking the Kalamunda National Park. The building is located toward the rear of the block to take maximum advantage of the distant views and to ensure that most of the natural vegetation is undisturbed. Landscaped areas are restricted to the southern portion of the site. The built form comprises two single level pavilions, separated by the entry and linked via an elevated timber deck, which provides outdoor entertainment areas with northern views and swimming pool access. Natural ventilation and extensive natural light were considered vital. Ventilation is facilitated via low and high level openings along the southern portion of each pavilion. Natural light has been brought in by separating the roof and ceiling elements above the rammed earth wall. This wall, along with eaves overhangs, ensures that the climatic conditions within are reasonably stable, without air-conditioning. The extensive glazing to the north pavilion is protected via electrically operated, external sun control blinds and extensive eaves.

Two generous single-level pavilions, separated by the main entry and a long strong blade wall of ochre rammed earth, and held slightly cranked apart beneath seemingly floating roofs, constitute the primary form of the striking house in hilly woodland east of Perth. The northern steel and glass pavilion constitutes the major living space and principal bedroom and overlooks the Kalamunda National Park. The southern pavilion, on the other side of the powerfully expressive wall, contains dining, kitchen, bathroom, guest bedroom and garage and maximises the use of southern light. Natural ventilation, natural light,
expansive views, generous decking areas and a minimal palette of materials make this a spirited late modern achievement and exemplar in a state which traditionally has lacked adventure and invention in its housing.

Residence Mundawaring Weir Road
Project Architect, Design Architect, Interior Designer Jürg Hunziker. Project Team Debra Hunziker. Structural Consultant Ove Arup & Partners. Hydraulic Consultant OMA Design Services. Lighting Consultant Illumination Services. Builder Trevor Warren Building. Photography Sally Grainger, Jürg Hunziker.



Published online: 1 Nov 2000


Architecture Australia, November 2000

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