Embedded into the landscape, ‘Ha Ha Haus’ is located in a leafy pocket of Alphington (Wurundjeri Country) where front fences are a refreshingly rare sighting. Our client’s design brief centred around a close knit family home which caters for frequent visitors from Overseas, intergenerational living and a transient occupancy. The single storey design addresses long term ageing-in-place and responds to the sloping site and adjoining context. The floor plan is a donut form surrounding a central landscaped courtyard, a place of refuge and a key design element grounded on the passive solar principles of maximising cross ventilation and northern glazing to what most would deem a challenging site with a south facing backyard. From the footpath, the project aims to give back to the streetscape into which it is sleeved. A landscaped mound beguiles and conceals a 20,000L rainwater tank and a low lying house.
Boutsaba Vongphone, Project Architect
Meyer Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer
Michel Group (Aust) Pty Ltd, Building Surveyor
MUD Office, Landscape Consultant