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Flinders House

Set within a pine plantation overlooking the entry to Westernport Bay, this project balances concern for the character of this site, treed with huge Cypress Pines, and a broad distant panorama of ocean and bay.

The two main vistas are a response to these concerns. The east façade faces the ocean and provides a clear view through a range of glazing profiles. The west façade faces the pines and floats over a broad carpet of pine needles reflecting their craggy texture. With an inverted radius the walls break inward at the centre span to link both external conditions. Rooms needing wall enclosure were removed to a partially subterranean podium. This in turn removed the need for compartmentalization of the principal volume. Uninterrupted surfaces of the long walls give the perception of complete perimeter enclosure punctuated only by ‘operable’ elements along the cross axis. ‘Working’ elements were combined and housed in two joinery fitments. One contains kitchen, bar, fireplace and storage and defines the edge of the dining living and balcony. The other contains powder room, bathroom, bedhead, robe, study desk and bookshelves, and floats centrally to define the principal bedroom, dressing area, study and passage.

“It was beautifully detailed in its fireplace resolution and the kitchen … a very beautiful, relaxed quality to the space.” Interior Design Awards Jury 2004
“These qualities of material craftsmanship, spatial invention and design integrity are the well-earned hallmark of John Wardle Architects and Flinders House adds to this impressive portfolio of residential work.” IDEAS Award Jury

Walls: Blockwork, steel and timber frame
Cladding: Western Red Cedar, Rheinzink
Windows: Western Red Cedar frames
Doors: Western Red Cedar Frames to glazed sliding doors
Glazing: Clear glazing throughout. Solar performing glass to north and west.
Hardware: Dalco

Interior Materials:
Ceiling: Plasterboard
Internal walls: Vic Ash lining boards to feature walls. Plasterboard elsewhere.
Flooring: Vic Ash to First floor, Godfrey Hirst carpet to Ground Floor
Surfaces: Rotary Hoop Pine, Bluestone, Natural Anodised Aluminium, Stone
Joinery: Constructed by Gellibrand

Best Building, Australian Timber Design Award
Best New Residential Interior, Interior Design Awards Australia
Residential Interior Award, IDEA Awards