Doonan House | Kelly Martin Architecture

Our brief was to build a home that fosters a sense of connection and closeness within the family and stimulates an awareness of the greater world outside of self.
A semi-permeable KLD space connects the wings and opens up to the southeast/northwest while maintaining shading from the late summer sun.
Sightlines through the building were important to maintain a visual connection to the landscape, as was direct access for as many rooms as possible.
A sense of lightness was created by lifting the building off the ground and lifting the living space roof and fully opening on each side, which was contrasted with the heaviness and anchoring of the rammed earth walls.
The wings either side were separated via use. To one side was the family sleeping zone with direct access to the outdoor shower at the far end. The other contained the carport, mudroom and guest/office.

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