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AB House in Canberra, ACT
2 Jan 2021
AB House in Hackett, ACT
Design: Ben Walker Architects
Location: Hackett, Canberra, ACT, Australia
The AB House includes 3 bedrooms, kitchen & living spaces, 2 storey study, rumpus, garage and wet areas. The project was designed and developed with careful consideration of site, and the nuances of the client brief. The block was a “Mr Fluffy” site with a previous house demolished prior to the commencement of the project.
Considerations for site and internal planning included retention of a Claret Ash in the rearyard, access to northern light and elevated views, the desire for “operable” privacy to the street. The ground floor is conceived as a singular volume with a central stair flanked by joinery defining public living spaces from private study and rumpus.
A pair of 2 storey voids adjoining the entry and study provide a sense of generous volume within an otherwise modest plan. The voids assist in bouncing refracted light to the southern side of the house and provide visual and acoustic communication tools
The house includes extensive north facing glazing to the rear yard. Upper floor windows allow the clients to experience morning sun rise over Mount Majura, and evening sunsets over the Brindabella Mountains. North facing balconies are controlled apertures that seemingly nestle up into the mature canopies of the surrounding landscape. There are beautiful views to the various Eucalypts, Oaks, Ash trees etc that define the landscape character of Hackett.
The ensuite to the master bedroom is the clients’ refuge zone. an upper floor balcony garden has been created that provides filtered privacy and a green outlook from the ensuite shower. An external sliding screen controls the level of view in and out of the ensuite from the street. A sky slice has been incorporated into the roof design along the southern side of the house to allow for some direct and indirect sun light onto the balcony garden. Roof parapets are square and low to meet building envelope controls.
The house espouses a playful engagement with the clients’ desire to demonstrate their interest in bespoke and whimsical design strategies. The sense of playfulness is most evident in the cantilevered rear balconies (each of which has a different projection length to reflect the hierarchy of interior bedrooms), in the powder room (which contains unexpected textures and colours that are reminiscent of a speakeasy from the 1920’s), and in hidden doorways that are “dressed” as joinery elements.
The hardwood boards making up external eaves, screens, landscape elements and internal vanity joinery have been milled from the clients family farm on the south coast of NSW. This gives a strong connection to the family history of craftsmanship.
The ground floor includes an insulated burnished concrete slab which provides excellent isolated thermal mass for use during winter and summer. Large eaves & window hoods ensure summer sun is kept off the slab and interiors generally. The 2 storey voids allow for purging of hot air through bedroom sliding doors and windows. Electric heat pumps are used for domestic hot water and a 6kw PV array provides onsite power generation
AB House in Canberra, Australia – Building Information
Design: Ben Walker Architects
Project size: 262 m2
Site size: 536 m2
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 2
Photography: Ben Guthrie
AB House, Canberra images / information received 020121
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia
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