VISION Issue 50 - Page 20

VISION 50 — BLACK ART Vision editor Peter Hyatt speaks with Ola’s Phil Snowdon about a house dressed in a dinner suit with a holiday vibe: What were your key design drivers? The house sits within a diverse heritage precinct. Informed by our clients’ love of stark materiality and clean aesthetics, it provides a warm and joyful environment. Their new suburban home alludes to the lofty spaces of the converted warehouse they owned previously. Being nestled within a private garden, ‘Ross’ completely satisfies our clients’ brief. The house is a bold sculptural piece elegantly defined. The public facade and entry, the living area within a secluded garden, and the private realm upstairs, provide uniquely evocative environments. Upstairs is wrapped in black vertical aluminium angles and is a study in dealing with domestic privacy within the urban environment. VISION  PHIL SNOWDON  A house apparently of shadow is quite the reverse to experience. Light is an important theme in this house. The gable running the length of the house tapers in scale and peels away from the southern boundary to ensure sunlight is maintained for the neighbour. The reduced scale sees a house-like silhouette floating in the backyard over the living spaces below. The long northern aspect is carefully designed with passive solar principles and the rear garden is cut into the land creating a deep courtyard and in turn managing the afternoon sun. The house is powered by a photovoltaic installation. There is ample insulation and the house is shaded by the skin of battens, overcoming the thermal issues around a black house. “The reduced scale sees a house-like silhouette floating in the backyard over the living spaces below. The long northern aspect is carefully designed with passive solar principles...” PHIL SNOWDON, ARCHITECT