Jacaranda House Project:
Jacaranda House | Architects:
SP Studio Architecture | Builder:
Rycon | Photographer:
Christopher Frederick Jones | Product: Bowral Bricks in Chillingham White
SP Studio were briefed to turn an original 1920’s Ashgtovian house into a family haven that can accommodate their evolving needs. In responding to the brief, the architects carved into the sloping hill beneath the house to create two planes of living; a breezy Queenslander which invites cross-breezes above, and an architectural studio and workshop cooled by the thermal mass of rock and earth encasing it below. This smart design incorporates thermal mass and ventilation to engage Brisbane’s benign climate, maintaining an even temperature throughout all seasons of the year. Bowral Chillingham White bricks were used in the home’s threshold to connect the space to the outdoors, adding a sense of playfulness that encourages residents to enjoy indoor-outdoor living.
Merri Creek Project:
Merri Creek | Photographer:
Shannon McGrath | Builder:
Atma Builders | Product:
External-Daniel Robertson Traditional in Buff
/ Internal-Austral Bricks Allure in Ariana
WOWOWA designed a sustainable family home in the inner-city suburbs of Melbourne, which resembles a whimsical pink castle, cylindrical turrets and all. The architects chose a textured carbon neutral brick for the house because of its aesthetic appeal, enduring strength and sustainable characteristics. The turrets, whilst romantic in nature, also offered a masculine sense of strength to the building, which WOWOWA honed in on. ‘Their robust nature feels grounded and protected against the elements – so solid that no fire or flood could bring them down,’ Monique says. ‘Given the site’s proximity to Merri Creek and surrounding bushlands, a hearty response felt appropriate.’ The use of brick not only provided structural benefits to this project, but also improved the homes overall energy efficiency. As high-density materials, bricks have the ability to effectively absorb and store heat energy and slow down its transfer, saving energy by reducing the amount of heating and cooling required to maintain a comfortable temperature within the home. Bricks being the prominent material for this build also helped to lower the carbon footprint of this home, which was lowered even further by the use of carbon neutral bricks.