I wonder how much time architects spend writing instead of designing? The typical text that describes a random contemporary house is something else…
“Architecture, specifically the house, is an act of enabling shelter, a vessel through which in turn enables habitation and the ongoing experience of a particular time and place. The project was considered as a vehicle for a relationship between “site and modifier”, the place and the object, and envisaged to enable multiple readings, from beyond and from within.
At distance, the building is recessive, a shadow within the vast landscape. On arrival the project’s fifth façade, the roof, transfers the work into sharp relief, a precise object purposefully foreign to its Bundjalung country landscape and the deep time frame of the indigenous heritage in which it is located. On closer inspection, a highly textural outer skin of thick timber battens contrasts the earlier sense of a machined tectonic, allowing organic material gestures to drive the dialogue with physical human intimacy.
A reverberation of the settler-colonial homesteads typology, the home carries verandah DNA into a tightly-controlled envelope, allowing modestly scaled living and bedrooms spaces to expand into a covered outdoor living space. This expansion and contraction of the interior allow shifts between the intimate and the public, between the immediate landscape and the expansive unfolding landscape to the north.”
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