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Observing a gap in the project housing market, we partnered with building firm, Krivic, to create six Krivic House designs. Rooms, areas and layouts were meticulously analysed along with proportions and orientations. Patterns of possible combinations evolved into six housing types to suit different sites.
The concept is not intended to replace what architects do, rather it seeks to engage clients that appreciate design, yet don’t have the time or means to commission a bespoke home.
It is a modern take on a body of midcentury wisdom, with an architect by your side.
Quality selections and finishes as well as time and thought spent on design principals and sustainability, separate it from other project homes. The building materials distinguish the design from a lower cost architectural home.
Much of our research extended to the turn of the century housing boom. The era was influenced and steered by architects and builders presenting simple designs utilising modern materials, modularity and techniques new to the time.
Post and beam construction removed the need for bulky walls and introduced open interior spaces and fully glazed exterior walls. The structural system becomes a visible and valued part of the overall aesthetic.
House One plays on these themes and aspirations with its flexible and modular arrangement. The building consists of Entry, Living and Sleeping modules. Modules can be altered in length by measured increments. They can be ‘mirrored’ or ‘shifted’ relative to one another, to allow for varying site dimensions.
House One harks back to mid-century principals, approach and materials. Exposed brick construction internal and external, exposed rafters, large glazing panels and burnished concrete and floors contribute to a language of simplicity and unadorned restraint.
Moderation and a limited palette is deliberate; forming an integral part of the cost effectiveness and aesthetic. Standard frames, ceiling heights and simple finishes all work to contain construction costs. Windows blur the division of inside and outdoor spaces, showcasing the landscaping and making best use of our temperate climate.
The relationship with our project team has formed over many years detailing bespoke homes. For this project we worked on detailing for building efficiencies using a minimal palette so there are less trades, the trades are staged, and where possible, don’t need to return to site.
Likewise, the processes for selections and approval were streamlined. Together these simplified processes significantly reduce both the development timeline and cost. The client joins us for the design development stage, where the architect responds to the specific site and conditions.
Popular midcentury design has timeless appeal and gives back to the community with its inviting and unobtrusive streetscape. For the decision to replace a tired building with a holiday home at beachside Willunga, House One became an obvious and successful choice.
House One is a simple, flexible and cost-effective solution with streamlined processes that fills a gap in the current housing market. House One has worked so well for our client and their site and should do so for many others.
Photos by Sam Noonan