Australian Capital Territory
Atrium House addresses a conceptual framework to overcome site constraints, and provides a deep and richer connection to its environment for the occupants.
The design response removed the original duplex dwelling due to the limitations of maximising solar efficiency into the block and brief resolution. The ‘U’ shaped plan surrounds a central atrium with sheltered gardens and pool.
The voluminous entrance with a central floating stair allows for clear sightlines to the atrium courtyard and pool. Spatially, the living spaces resolved the client’s brief of interconnected rooms that spilled onto the central Atrium, maximising solar access and cross ventilation.
The double storey form is minimised by a cohesive and understated material palette of masonry and timber. Stacked masonry is the primary material for the ground level facade with clear rhythm between open and closed glazed gestures. The upper level continues the glazing rhythm with a wet-finished plaster.