Five Yards House in Hobart, Tasmania

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Five Yards House in Hobart, Tasmania

Residential Real Estate Development in Tasmania, Australia – design by Archier

19 Nov 2018

Five Yards House

Architects: Archier

Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Five Yards House

Over the past seven years Archier have been catching up with a friend and discussing options, first to renovate and then to build a house to retire to.

Five Yards House in Hobart Tasmania

The conversation turned to the garden – that is where she wished to retire. The plan was designed around the desire to be constantly engaged with the garden. Rather than a simple glass cube, the garden was to articulate the house and in return the house would articulate the garden. Each room has a corresponding garden with its own aesthetic and composition.

Five Yards House in Hobart Tasmania

Originally a standard ‘stick build’, the construction methodology developed into high performing SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panel System). After extensive research, Archier proposed SIPS as it is a highly efficient product that provides structural, insulative and aesthetic solutions in one. Supplied by Fenster & Panel and installed in collaboration with Building Edge and Archier, the panels were manufactured in Canada after being 3D modelled. This resulted in little to no wastage on site and a rapid installation time. The lightweight nature of the panels also allows them to be handled and installed by hand. This approach opens the door for affordable architecture that is responsive and contributes to the public domain through good design.

Five Yards House in Hobart Tasmania Five Yards House in Hobart Tasmania

Full walls of double glazing and a restrained materials palette strengthens the connection between inside and out, doubling the sense of space without the need of formal structures. In the depths of winter the high thermal performance of the building creates a pleasant environment without the need of the log fire. The interspersed courtyards and highly operable glazing in turn cool the spaces with natural ventilation in summer.

Five Yards House in Hobart Tasmania

The raw, textured finish of the SIPS panels are expressed to reveal the material quality of the building in a cost effective manner. Topped with matt black paint, the varied nature of the OSB expresses a deeper grain and richness upon closer inspection. The robustness and texture of the structural frame is continued in the use of recycled Tasmanian Oak timber for the wall lining, creating a patchwork effect that adds character to the internal finish of the house.

Over the past seven years we have been catching up with a friend and discussing options, first to renovate and then to build a house to retire to. The conversation turned to the garden – that is where she wished to retire. The plan was designed around the desire to be constantly engaged with the garden. Rather than a simple glass cube, the garden was to articulate the house and in return the house would articulate the garden. Each room has a corresponding garden with its own aesthetic and composition.

Originally a standard ‘stick build’, the construction methodology developed into high performing SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panel System). After extensive research, Archier proposed SIPS as it is a highly efficient product that provides structural, insulative and aesthetic solutions in one. Supplied by Fenster & Panel and installed in collaboration with Building Edge and Archier, the panels were manufactured in Canada after being 3D modelled. This resulted in little to no wastage on site and a rapid installation time. The lightweight nature of the panels also allows them to be handled and installed by hand. This approach opens the door for affordable architecture that is responsive and contributes to the public domain through good design.

Five Yards House in Hobart Tasmania Five Yards House in Hobart Tasmania

The house is constructed with SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panel System), a highly efficient product that provides structural, insulative and aesthetic solutions in one. In the depths of winter the high thermal performance of the building envelope creates a pleasant environment largely without the need of the log fire – a Nectre Bakers Oven that the clients also cook from. The interspersed courtyards and highly operable glazing in turn cool the spaces with natural ventilation in summer, negating the need for mechanical cooling.

The raw, textured finish of the SIPS panels, supplied by Fenster & Panel, are expressed to reveal the material quality of the building in a cost effective manner. Topped with matt black paint, the varied nature of the OSB expresses a deeper grain and richness upon closer inspection. The robustness and texture of the structural frame is continued in the use of recycled Tasmanian Oak timber for the wall lining, creating a patchwork effect that adds character to the internal finish of the house. Timber throughout the house is finished with Osmo Oil Polyx Matt so to maintain its colour and texture.

The central core serves as a transitional threshold between public and private spaces, in addition to housing key services. Electrical services and an oversized box gutter run the length of the building in the bulkhead, with downpipes concealed in the joinery as they run to the water tanks. Low-profile Kliplok roof sheeting in conjunction with SIPS roof panels reduced the overall height of the building, allowing for single sheet lengths of Scyon Axon cladding externally.

Five Yards House in Hobart Tasmania

The kitchen was designed, made and installed by Archier. It is constructed from Ikea carcasses wrapped in Victorian Ash timber, with 5mm laser cut stainless steel benchtops and Bosch appliances. The house uses low energy LED lighting throughout. LED strip pelmet lighting along the central core provides up lighting, with under bench LED strips providing subtle down lighting. Focused feature lighting is provided by Archier’s brass Highline pendant lights in the kitchen, bedroom and library.

Full walls of double glazing recessed into the floor and ceiling strengthens the connection between inside and out. Capral front glazed aluminium frames with clear argon-filled double glazing were powdercoated with Interpon D1000 Sable Bass – a textured finish more akin to raw steel than the typical ‘plastic’ look of standard powdercoat. The windows were supplied and installed by Commercial Windows and Doors.

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Five Yards House, Hobart – Building Information

Project size: 131 sqm
Completion date: 2015

Design: Archier

Five Yards House in Hobart Tasmania

Photography: Adam Gibson

Five Yards House in Hobart, Tasmania images / information received 191118


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