Home for BEES / Downie North Architects
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Pushed by shared values of connectedness, site-specificity, place-making, and passive design, Home for BEES encompasses a refined addition instantly related to the backyard. An acronym of the purchasers’ names and a reference to their native bee hive, Home for BEES is a moniker that encapsulates the client-focused, collaborative design course of and consequence for a household of 4 to their Federation house and backyard in Mosman.
Conceived as a backyard room, the design instantly grounds and orients the occupants towards their backyard. Kitchen, residing, and eating areas are evenly contained by a floating roof, folded to seize northern mild and facilitate the seize of easterly breezes. Structural simplicity and legibility dissolve the southern and jap edges, with banks of sliding doorways absolutely retracting to allow a seamless reference to the backyard.
THE CLIENT & BRIEF – Sarah and Evan, mother and father to Barney and Eddie, approached Downie North to create a brand new addition to their single-level Federation-era house in Mosman. The rear of the home, which might kind the main target of the design, initially contained a small kitchen and meals areas, a pseudo playroom, and laundry. As avid cooks and entertainers, they sought to create a big kitchen and casual eating and household space that supported a ‘no fuss’, informal method to residing that engendered a way of ease. Very importantly, they sought a design that made probably the most of its facet and environs in order that they may passively function the home all year long.
THE SITE & CONSTRAINTS – Understanding the home inside the larger context of Mosman and Sydney Harbour, the positioning benefited from an unusually deep yard and place close to the highest of the ridgeline, which might have initially been a processional backbone for the Cammeraygal and Borogegal peoples. Coastal breezes had been loved and might be harnessed. Neighbors had been shut by however staggered relative to the unique home, affording larger privateness than would usually be enabled in suburbia and offering alternatives to borrow views from established timber and gardens. The yard, nevertheless, confronted south, complicating alternatives for winterly northern photo voltaic achieve together with some damp and drainage points, given the proximity to the bedrock. Web page of 1 2 There was a monetary and environmental crucial to retain the vast majority of the present Federation-era house, with minor modifications and repairs undertaken to the entrance rooms, which comprise the bedrooms, moist areas, and formal front room.
THE ARCHITECTURAL RESPONSE – Observing how the household loved residing within the backyard, the design sought to copy that – at its easiest, the home is sort of a picnic rug laid below a protecting cover. With north to the road and with the present home sited and addressing that frontage, the rear addition was positioned as near the western boundary as was feasibly allowed below the instrument of CDC to attenuate the influence to the jap and southern gardens and established timber. This allowed for the principle path of circulation to be maintained alongside the present hall and backbone of the home, which inspires direct motion out into the backyard.
Stepping up from the unique stage of the home to deal with the slope and decrease excavation, together with disturbance of topsoil, the kitchen, eating, and household areas commune instantly with the backyard. 4 architectural elements – a wall – the protecting again, a display screen, the open entrance, a platform, and a roof, create exact but elemental inhabitation. This creates an instantaneous connection to nature, as urged by the minimal shelter of a camp web site.
The masonry wall and its ancillary servant areas of the kitchen and pantry create the protecting again, that includes a decrease roof, discreet openings, and smaller proportions, each on account of its operate and in accordance with setbacks. Comparatively, the general public or served areas of eating and residing are evenly contained by the absolutely retractable sliding doorways, which instantly commune with the backyard and are topped by the folded roof aircraft which cranks as much as the north to seize winter northern mild (while excluding summer time thermal achieve), and likewise extends to the east to comprise the monsoon eave. The folded roof aircraft acts like a wing, creating carry as air strikes over the ridge. The hid air flow within the eaves then drags this air inside the home, passively cooling no matter the climate.
With a give attention to craftsmanship, supplies had been chosen for his or her longevity, sustainability, and potential future re-use. Conserving a big portion of the present constructing and minimizing the extent of the construct, the price range was in a position to be selectively centered. The shopper supported the funding of the price range in dearer parts just like the standing seam roofing and balanced this with the usage of reclaimed supplies, personally hand-cleaning bricks, salvaging joinery, fixtures, and fittings from the home, or buying second-hand.
The construction, particularly the metal, has been refined to a minimal to create a fabric lightness and diminished carbon footprint. It was vital to create structural simplicity and legibility in order to not get in the best way of a robust connection to the backyard. Along with its lightness of footprint, materials reuse, and passive operation, the home advantages from 18kW of photo voltaic panels and two 5000L rainwater tanks to irrigate the backyard. The working edible backyard options fruit timber, together with native lime, olive, and peach timber, warrigal greens, herbs, and flowering vegetation, which offer meals, together with shade and habitat to native fauna and have been nicely adopted by native birds and the namesake bees.