Hollywood Home / Oscar Sainsbury Architects + Insider / Outsider
‘Hollywood’ is certainly one of a handful of homes at Smiths Seashore, Phillip Island, designed by architect John Baird within the late Nineteen Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties. Constructed in timber and clad in rough-sawn handled pine, Baird’s homes have been designed in consideration of siting, view, and orientation, and with minimal web site protection to permit house for landscaping. Solely two homes stay, together with ‘Hollywood’ which is positioned on a outstanding nook location.
Totally examined and confirmed over 30 years of household use, the purchasers needed to retain the simple operate and utilitarian materiality of the unique home whereas including additional lodging for the evolution of household life. The framework for the renovation was grounded within the ideas and qualities of the prevailing constructing and the introduction of recent house and facilities was outlined by the size, rhythm, and tactile qualities of the unique home. New alternatives for connection to the location and surrounding setting have been to be launched solely the place they performed a useful position and improved what was already in place.
Constructed totally from timber, plywood, galvanized iron, and glass which have been available off-the-shelf, the fabric and dimensional logic of the unique home was tightly linked to the economic system of its building. The unique cube-like kind created a robust volumetric language but additionally yielded fastidiously to the slope of the land. Our strategy was to have interaction with these pre-existing circumstances, persevering with the size of rooms, stepped flooring plates, and vertical inhabitation whereas additionally reusing current supplies the place attainable.
A small two-level addition is constant in scale with the unique home and clad in timber salvaged on-site from a demolished wall and shed. The higher degree now incorporates all the necessities for a pair or small household vacation whereas the bottom flooring rooms enable for additional occupation as required. A collection of minimal interventions have been made to the unique constructing; creating new openings by stripping partitions again to stud body, bringing gentle in from the north, introducing louvered home windows and hatches for airflow, and bettering insulation and glazing.
Different easy however useful components have been retained or repurposed together with the unique staircase, whereas a pantry grew to become a closet and a re-positioned shed, containing numerous surf and ocean gear, activating an underutilized space of the backyard. Decks throughout each ranges have various qualities of enclosure – totally open, partially coated, and roofed, permitting for a view of the ocean, or a retreat from the wind.
The undertaking goals to seize a spirit of ease in occupation and the end result provides generously to its occupants whereas asking for little in return. The home is constructed to face up to the rigor of vacation life and now capabilities for 3 generations.