01 EXPOSE + RETREAT The site offers the opportunity to experience the elements - the prevailing winds, the rain, the moving sunlight and shadows, and generally the changing of seasons. The proposal plays with the concept of exposed and retreat spaces, to exaggerate the feeling of living within the natural environment, and the contrast of retreating from it.
02 GROUNDED + SUSPENDED The natural topography provides an opportunity to experience the ground plane moving through the site. There is an opportunity to take some height above natural ground level, and to ‘suspend’ volumes in lofty spaces. At the other end of the spectrum, there is also the opportunity to dig down and to ground and settle the building into the site.
03 MACRO + MICRO The site offers tremendous long and distant views over the ocean. The site boundary in plan also supports the concept by gradually increasing in width, stretching out toward the views. The macro distant views are supported by the orchestrated micro views within the site.
The existing residence is situated on a relatively flat site, surrounded by water on 3 sides with magnificent views, however the site is exposed to the elements and prevailing winds.
The existing home includes a large master suite and office wing, guest wing including laundry and additional office, separate double garage and a comparatively small living/kitchen area that is the connecting point between all other spaces.
The brief was to demolish the existing restricted and inefficient living/kitchen area of the home, and to propose a new living, kitchen and dining space to maximise on views and to provide usable and weather protected surrounding outdoor and garden spaces.
The concept was to free the new living, kitchen and dining space from the surrounding existing buildings, and to link them together with covered glass walkways, which in turn provides usable courtyard spaces between.
The courtyards can be utilised for different functions including outdoor entertaining, gardening and exercise in the 25m lap pool.
Extending the new build beyond the line of the existing footprint enables the proposal to maximise on views and solar access. The glass facades open to access the weather protected courtyards and greater surrounding site.
Location: Gardners Bay Status: Documentation Images: Dock4 Architects
CLIFF EDGE HOUSE
Cliff Edge House was a Hobart design competition, which Dock4 is proud to have won. The design intent was to exaggerate the user’s experience of the cliff, to use the built form to manipulate the user’s experience of the site.
With the client’s love of art, sculpture and irregular forms, the challenge was to create a spatially dynamic and highly refined building form, that also responded to contextual constraints, including maximising solar access and views.
The design centres around the movement through the site - linking entry to the sea. The sequence begins at a narrow entry from the street and continues through a forested passageway, which is a void between the two volumes of the living space and the master suite.
The final destination is atop a cantilevered viewing platform, with expansive views across the ocean and to the reef below.
Heavy rammed earth walls were chosen to create the fluid form, which speaks to the materiality of the cliff. The main living space is situated above the cliff, which brings new meaning to ‘living on the edge’. With tight physical and planning restrictions, the house hugs the edge of the cliff, anchoring it back into the site.
With a stunningly unique site, the house has multiple points in which the views and the cliff can be experienced. The architecture becomes a mechanism to experience the site’s natural beauty.
Dock4 Architects were invited to submit a concept for a new entry shelter for the Tahune Airwalk after the devastation left by the Riveaux Road fire.
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding unique environment by incorporating organic forms, the proposal aims to tell the story of bushfire and regeneration as a tactile and visual experience for visitors moving though the site.
The concept is formed of four main elements:
1 River The river is the meandering path, drawing visitors organically through the site to explore and experience the surroundings in a fluid-like motion.
2 Forest The forest is a series of blackened posts, long and unbalanced, which the visitors weave through and between, eyes drawn up the lengths to the regenerating canopies above.
3 Leaf The leaf is the enclosure or primitive hut, representative of a lean-to shelter, framed delicately to resemble the internal structure of foliage.
4 Earth The earth is the sculpted ground plane, the enclosing perimeter forming windbreaks and ledges for visitors to rest and retreat.
The design allows for the shelter to be prefabricated and then assembled on site and employs a simple material palette of engineered timber and polycarbonate. This provides both durability and enables the shelter to blend into its surroundings.