The Margaret River shed that is an architecturally designed dwelling

The Margaret River shed that is an architecturally designed dwelling
  • A premium on privateness, with the house barely seen from the street and resembles a shed
  • The fantastically brings the outside in, with lots of the views properly framed
  • Paddock Home is straightforward and purposeful

Architect Paul O’Reilly’s Paddock Home was constructed for his sister and her younger household.

The design is straightforward and purposeful. Whereas not restricted by house, the household house is environment friendly in its structure and orientation, taking advantage of what the property has to supply.

The house is designed to be extremely personal, and never stand out from the panorama of the property. Paddock Home is nestled slightly below the crest of the property’s excessive level and is barely seen by these on the lookout for it. Whereas the property is barely seen from the street exterior, when catching a glimpse, it looks as if an unassuming shed.

Being located on a slight slope, the design additionally makes probably the most of valley views down in the direction of a tributary of the Margaret River.

Bringing the outside in

From the outset, it was essential to convey the skin in and to determine shut contact with nature. Expansive views of the encompassing, seasonally altering panorama are framed, encouraging each mild and the skin to spill into the inside.

An out of doors room on the jap facet of the home is shielded from the atmosphere by a big, operable polycarbonate panel, that may open to create an unobstructed hyperlink with the atmosphere. When lit up at evening, the translucence of the closed panel emits a heat onto the encompassing space. Used for a mess of features throughout all seasons, this room acts as the guts of the house, the pivot level of each day life.

Together with three bedrooms and an workplace, the design was pushed by simplicity and sustainability. Views are maintained all through the home by means of the inclusion of an east-to-west passageway which extends from the residing areas and outside room on the jap facet to the personal areas of the homes on the western facet.

The master suite frames views to the southwest, capturing views of jarrah and marri bushes that are typical of the world. Intelligent use is fabricated from the loft house on the excessive finish of the skillion roof which has a ceiling top of as much as 3.8 metres.

Within the kids’s bedrooms, beds are raised on platforms creating an additional house under for day-to-day actions.

“In designing Paddock Home, I sought to raise the expertise of each day residing, desirous to cater to my sister’s younger and busy household.  Though its type is straightforward, it is going to adapt to the altering wants of the kids as they develop.”

Paul O’Reilly, Architect

Paddock Home’s design seeks to minimise its environmental footprint. With a predominantly northern orientation, Paul has made clever use of eaves on the northern elevation which shields the tough summer time solar whereas inviting the nice and cozy winter solar in.

The location of home windows and doorways permits environment friendly cross-ventilation, making use of the predominantly easterly and westerly breezes in summer time. The concrete blocks and the tile-lined concrete flooring present thermal mass, capturing and storing heat within the cooler winter months and preserving the home cool in summer time.

The home will not be related to scheme water, so water catchment and a water-efficient backyard was elementary to its design. Rainwater runs freely over the skillion roof and is captured in massive tanks. A septic system permits grey-water recycling and the home shares a 4.5KW photo voltaic array with an present home on the property, which is the utmost allowed to be fed into the property’s 3kVa transformer.

“The home is lived in and cherished,” says Paul.  “Functionally, it really works and, from a design viewpoint, it minimises its environmental influence. This was essential not solely to me, as an architect, however my sister additionally.”


Written by Cassandra Simpson. Images by Douglas Mark Black.

This story was initially printed in The Architect journal, an official publication of the Australian Institute of Architects. It has been edited for republication by The Property Tribune. 

The Property Tribune thanks the Australian Institute of Architects for the chance to republish the work, and shine a light-weight on Australian structure.