PARBERY STREET HOUSE
CATEGORY: RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE - HOUSES
The site is located adjacent to Lake Burley Griffin, in an area set aside for a regional investigation of an alternative planning mode. The objective was to increase urban density in the Territory through design (…a sorely need imperative). To a large extent the relationship of the built form is determined by the context. This dwelling is sited on a relatively small building block (400m2) where the planners have highly modified many of the normal design and siting considerations that routinely apply to the rest of suburban Canberra. The bones of the lot facilitate a building design characterised by an elongated east-west axis. This configuration promotes good solar access which is entirely appropriate for a continental climate such as Canberra’s. This strategy enables the key living areas to be clustered around a private north facing courtyard. The palate of neutral, simple colours and modern semi-commercial materials are overlaid onto a simple linear and modernist planar external aesthetic. The design incorporates best practice Environmentally Sustainable Design principles and complements the existing metropolitan structure. With its ‘mixed use’ potential the dwelling supplements quality of life dividends for the client in multiple ways.
Architect/Practice: TT Architecture
Practice Team: Tony Trobe (Design Architect), Ralf Detjen (Draftsman),
Consultant Team: Northrop (Structural Consultant), KMD (Karin McNamara - Interior Designer)
Construction Team: Matt Hall (Builder)
Photographer: Red Zebra Photography