"Tricky block"? She'll be right!
If you were to look up “tricky block” in the architecture dictionary, this block would well and truly be up there.
Picture a steep sloping corner lot with a shape that resembled a baseball diamond and you might come close to understanding the complexities of this site. But with all the challenges, came a stunning 180° outlook to thick, green scrub.
Having only recently lived in a more traditional “queenslander” style home with little consideration to orientation, our client was forced to rely on artificial heating and cooling for day-to-day living.
Good orientation of a home can increase the energy efficiency of your home, making it more comfortable to live in and cheaper to run.
With orientation a priority, Pavilion Studio design focused on maximising the living areas to the north, while still being able to take in the views to the west.
Due to the slope of the block and the corner lot, the garage and driveway were positioned to the steepest portion of the home. This allowed for the bulk of the home to be predominately single storey. A small double storey component was created, forming up the entry with master suite sited over the garage.
With a number of constraints externally, contrastingly, the internal layout of the home is simple. Redlands residence has two designated bedrooms and a multi-purpose room forming up the token third bedroom.
The kitchen transitions seamlessly through to the laundry, and is centrally located amongst the living and dining with easy access to the feature “pointed” alfresco.
With a mix of “Australiana” style claddings ranging from Hardie’s Axon to Colorbond Custom Orb – the contemporary façade compliments the natural green surroundings of both the native themed gardens and adjacent bushland.
Nestled amongst a number of “traditional” styled homes built in stock standard lots, it is safe to say that the Redlands House is an architectural dichotomy that not only responds to the challenges of a “tricky block” but excels at it.