Hawthorn I Studio / Agius Scorpo Architects
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Hawthorn I is an train in yard optimization. A solid of acquainted yard parts like a shed, pool, and studio + actions comparable to play, leisure, and retreat are synthesized in a modest website space of 12mx10m. The mission temporary was for an adaptable house to first be an unbiased dwelling house for his or her teenage son, then turn into a devoted studio to earn a living from home. This house was to accommodate a kitchenette, toilet, dwelling and sleeping house. Moreover, they needed to construct a storage shed, workshop, and pool. There was additionally a younger oak tree to be retained because it had nice sentimental worth to the household, planted by their children as an acorn from the native park.
The primary problem can be discovering a method to accommodate all of the shopper’s necessities, with out sacrificing the already modest yard, or constructing a dominant construction that may be considered from the important thing dwelling areas + out of doors eating space leading to a clumsy and unusable backyard.
We labored via the push and pull between the wants of the constructed type and the backyard, discovering a method to strike a steadiness between these two opposing parts. We noticed a chance for the design to be a steady fence that might seize and prolong the boundary of the backyard and accommodate all the necessities of the temporary in a single unified gesture. This ‘fence’ may bulge out, prolong up and fold round key parts, just like the oak tree, to turn into each a constructing and backyard perimeter.
The studio loft dealing with north is the expressive level of the structure that raises as much as filter northern mild deep into the footprint, so the ensuing areas are washed with oblique mild. Massive aluminum fins mediate the direct Western and Jap solar. The backyard shed is a cabinet with giant sliding doorways that open and borrow from the backyard space when used as a workshop.
The panorama design incorporates low floor covers and creepers utilizing the brand new constructing as an armature to develop up while highlighting the contribution of the present oak and jacaranda. The craft was explored in how we interpreted the concept of the fence and unfold this throughout the three principal parts of the design. Silvertop Ash was chosen to cowl the studio, again fence, shed, and pool in a cohesive gesture.
A white painted datum was added to the underside of the fence to interrupt the general scale of the fence/constructing and supply a contrasting backdrop to floor cowl planting. This additionally assists in offering an additional stage of safety for timber situated near the bottom.