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Green House by Sean Godsell Architects (AU)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 13.07.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects consists of alterations and additions to a small heritage listed timber cottage in inner suburban Melbourne.

 

 

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

Says the architect, “Planning and heritage requirements and construction costs fundamentally drove the outcome of this project. Our client came to us wanting a new house. For reasons only known and understood by the local authorities the existing cottage was deemed to be of some historical significance. We disagreed with that assessment but to no avail.”

 

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

“Instead of abandoning our client we agreed to start from scratch, keeping the front section of the cottage and reworking it and then building a discrete fully new section at the rear of the block. I saw the project in a different light and chose to re-visit some projects that had inspired me as a young architect – Kazuo Shinohara’s ‘House in White’ and ‘House in Hanayama No 3’ and Tadao Ando’s ‘Row House in Sumiyoshi’ or ‘Azuma House’ as it is sometimes known.”

 

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

“In simple terms the cottage interior is remodelled to have a cathedral ceiling with a pair of timber posts supporting the ridge beam and two light cannons directing light to the centre of the single space formed by the demolition of an existing wall. A small courtyard bound by concrete walls separates the cottage from the small addition, evoking the ‘Row House’ in the process.”

 

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

“To address issues of overshadowing and overlooking we kept the height of the addition low (3.0m overall) and to compensate for a lack of light we made the roof of the entire addition glass with an automated sunscreen. The sunscreen protects the occupant from summer sun but can be configured in a variety of ways to allow the ingress of winter sun.”

 

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

“As the screen is operated from inside the appearance of the building changes. If the owner so desires they can use the roofscape as an additional outdoor living area.”

 

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

Green House by Sean Godsell Architects, photo: Earl Carter

PROJECT DATA
Project name: Green House
Architects: Sean Godsell Architects
Project team Sean Godsell, Hayley Franklin
Design: 2011 -2013
Construction: 2014
Location: Melbourne Australia
Site area: 101.4 sq m
Building area: 77.55 sq m
Client: Mr + Mrs P Green
Cost: n/a

 

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