The first and foremost was to create an inspirational house that met the brief of the clients.
This included a key requirement to use, robust construction and finishing materials to handle the rigours of a special needs child.
Designing the “Team AK” house on its Colombo Street site created lots of opportunities for me. My engagement came as the result of a much earlier mono pitch roof design which Ange had kept in her scrap book from visiting that house when it was for sale.
An objective with this design was to develop roof lines sympathetically to massing and best orientation in this wonderful large site protected by large trees including a 40m high listed Sequoia.
Ange had put a lot of time and thought into general planning and the result was for a pavilion style layout with the main bedroom and childrens’ bedrooms linked through a succession of living spaces.
The pool house needs to be accessed readily and includes a “Fast Lane” for training purposes.
The main outdoor area needed to accessible and visible.
James and Ange introduced me to their nominated builder Nick Parsons while the design was still being prepared. I quickly came to appreciate that they had chosen wisely in Nick as his general involvement and co-operation through to completion of construction was very significant.
It is a credit to him and the team he led that the house won a gold award in its category in the MB House of the Year awards for 2016.
The final selection of exterior materials includes Zinc standing seam tray roofing which has also been used on walls. The blocks are honed and stack bonded with a matt seal coat.
Window joinery is powder coated. The use of honed block internally provides heat storage and moderates internal temperatures in a space that could otherwise overheat.