Brick is back... Fish Creek House - Houses Awards 17

 
Photography Ben Hosking

Photography Ben Hosking

Fish Creek House by Editon Office  was the winner of 'New House over 200m2' category in the Houses Awards 17 - which was announced this month. 

"The Fish-Creek house is contained within the singular gesture of a long, highly textured wall, which closely wraps three nested, black timber pavilions offering shelter while they sit upon the lowered wall and gaze out upon the undulating and extraordinary landscape that surrounds them." 

We love the modern simplicity of this single story dwelling, the use of brick to add texture and the way it fits into it's surrounding landscape. 

Jury citation

"An abstract object sits embedded in the landscape - a long, highly textured wall wrapping three black timber pavilions and enclosing five courtyards. The structures offer shelter from the at-times harsh climate, as well as views over the extraordinary landscape and coastline to the east.

The textured brick wall, with its carefully curated mortar jointing, anchors the building to the site. Its earthen materiality is attuned to the landscape, mediating between screening a busy road to the west and opening up to the view.

The planning of the house into three discrete pavilions separated by courtyards allows for the entry of northern light along its length, and for the incremental shutting down or opening up of the house to suit either its owners - an elderly couple - or larger family gatherings.

Building a sizeable project with a high level of quality and detail on a relatively modest budget is a significant achievement in itself. This project goes much further - it offers an alternative model for ageing in place, with careful consideration of the single-level plan, the accessibility of bathrooms, access to outdoor spaces and an acute awareness of scale."

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Sustainability... The Future of Design

 
Designed by  Modscape

Designed by Modscape

With 2020 just around the corner I think we all believed we would be in our flying cars by now, instead we are grappling with the fact that we are slowly but surely destroying our planet and something big needs to change.

From a design and building perspective, one thing that we can do to help bring about positive change for the planet is to focus on sustainable architecture and design.  We need to build a greater and more sustainable world for future generations. By changing the way we look at architecture, design and building practices we can potentially combat some of the big issues and create innovative adjustments that will make a difference now and also moving forward.

Designed by  Archiblox

Designed by Archiblox

Eco-friendly architecture can mean many things but first and foremost it means green/sustainable building - ensuring the structure and building work is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout its entirety, thus becoming a liveable design. Everyday more and more new construction technologies are being developed to ensure that we, as the generations responsible for ‘now’, are moving towards a sustainable future. We need to reduce our carbon footprint and celebrate renewable resources, which in turn will make an impact as soon as possible.

Designed by  Alpes Green Design

Designed by Alpes Green Design

Giving back to the environment through thoughtful, clever design and building will ensure that we slow the decline and aim for a more sustainable future. New technologies see us being able to use less water as well as collect it in the process and we can now save energy as well as create it. In addition to new technologies, designing a building to benefit from the natural flow of light and air is a valuable resource; taking advantage of what nature has to offer us from the beginning is the key to changing the way we design structures.

On top of everything else, construction materials play a big part when building for sustainable living. Using reclaimed materials, like wood, recycled glass, using biodegradable paint and recycled metal make a huge impact locally and globally.

Looking ahead can sometimes be a scary concept, however if we act more purposefully now, we can ensure prosperity for the future generations.

Designed by  BKK Architects

Designed by BKK Architects

This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organised by CGTrader