项目概述 | PROJECT SUMMARY
Brunswick West House is a small-scale, 50-square-metre alteration and addition to a Californian Bungalow home. The addition forms a low-volume, compact intervention on the project’s site, that aims to re-engage the home with the generous north-facing garden beyond. The modest nature of the project called for simple, incisive moves that would sidestep the need for an arduous and costly re-configuration of the existing home. In turn, our strategy looked to repurpose an ivy-lined sideway, creating a new, central entry for the home. This approach enables the home to operate succinctly in two halves: the original rooms now accommodate more private activities, while the addition forms its new social heart. These new living spaces are arranged in and around three sculptural masonry walls, creating nooks and reveals within the open plan – spaces that could offer a place to sit and share with family, or retreat within at other times.
设计思路 | CONCEPT
Central to concept was to create a space that would be a truthful reflection of the client’s eclectic and playful sensibility. Pragmatically, it was essential to establish better connections between the new primary living spaces and the garden beyond.
设计任务和处理手法 | PROJECT BRIEF & DESIGN RESPONSE
Working in quite demanding industries, our clients ultimately wanted to create a calm and comfortable space to retreat within. Also essential to the brief was to create moments of privacy and seclusion within the open plan. In response, our strategy was to arrange these spaces in and around three sculptural masonry walls, curating view lines across the space and creating nooks and reveals within the open plan of the addition – spaces that could offer a place to sit and share with family, or to withdraw to at other times to read a book by the garden window.
For the client, creating a space that would also accommodate their diverse collection of artwork and literature was also an essential part of their brief – a family favourite being the much-loved print of Kandinsky’s ‘Upward (Empor)’, 1929. This offered an opportunity for us to draw upon some of the artwork’s beautiful geometric and tonal elements, which in turn formed a reference for the interior palette within the new pavilion space.
▼设计师将艺术作品中的优美几何与色彩元素引入室内空间当中，the beautiful geometric and tonal elements of artworks were used as a reference for the interior palette within the new pavilion space
项目的开展背景 | PROJECT HISTORY & HOW WE CAME TO BE INVOVED ON THE PROJECT
We were originally introduced to the client as a colleague of a personal connection. They had long wanted to rethink the back section of the original house – which true to its heritage, was a rabbit-warren of compartmentalised rooms, that ultimately had very poor visual and physical connection to the garden beyond. After 10 years of living in the original house – and learning all the things they loved about the house (and were happy to leave behind) – they approached us in 2015. Recalling our first site visit, we were also quite taken with the vegetation on the property that the client had planted – especially the lush, ivy-lined fence in the sideway, and the formidable vegetable garden – we were keen to explore how we could pull these existing elements into the project!
▼厨房和餐厅，kitchen and dining area
设计挑战 | PROJECT CHALLENGES
As with many projects of this scale, making incisive moves early on is essential to managing the design and construction process. From the beginning, the project was always about achieving ‘quality over quantity’, and our client was keen to follow through on this idea. As a result, we looked to avoid significant (and potentially fiddly) reconfiguration of the existing internal spaces by repurposing the generous ivy-lined sideway, creating a lush and unassuming new entry point at the centre of the home. This approach enables the home to operate quite cleanly and disparately in two parts of a whole: the existing rooms now accommodate bedrooms, while the addition forms the new social heart of the home.
▼房间中容纳了众多艺术品和书籍收藏，the space accommodates a diverse collection of artwork and literature
可持续性 | SUSTAINABILITY CONSIDERATIONS
The key sustainability driver in this project was to produce a highly efficient, low – volume addition that ‘did a lot with very little’. Simple moves were also made to re-orientate living spaces towards the north, and by introducing eaves to block the sun in summer and allow light into the space in winter. The space can also be naturally ventilated, with large openings along the northern façade and high-level openings to the south of the new pavilion space. The unique floor treatment (which is essentially a topping screed) also enabled us to include a two-pour concrete slab method, allowing us to insulate between the two slabs, and thereby making the space highly thermally efficient. Energy efficient glazing and sustainable timber selections have also been used throughout the project.
▼节能玻璃和可持续性木材在项目中得到了广泛应用，energy efficient glazing and sustainable timber selections have also been used throughout the project
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
Project Name: BRUNSWICK WEST HOUSE
Area (Square Meters) : 50sq. metres
Project Completion Year & Month: October 2017
Firm / Studio Name:
Taylor Knights P/L
Photography: Tom Blachford
Styling: Ruth Welsby
Project Location: Brunswick West, Victoria
Type of Project: Residential – Alteration & Addition
Design Team & Head Designer:
James Taylor – Design & Project Architect
Peter Knights – Design Architect
Structural Engineer – R. Bliem & Associates
Building Surveyor – Fotia Group
Builder: GC & F Constructions