Timber Design Awards
Brief – To design a compact family home using Sthāpatya Veda design principles.
The most important principles of Vedic architecture are the direction and orientation of the home and the auspicious placement of the main entranceway for the positive influence of wealth and fulfilment. Materials chosen must be natural, non-toxic products suitable to the local climatic conditions.
Construction benefits – Recycled materials provide character and ability to use products that have an imperfect roughness. The timber ‘shield’ protects the black Shadowclad from sun and wind.
Aesthetic Benefits – The essence of the design is a simple, butterfly wedge-shaped form mirroring the shape of the adjacent mountain, with entry on the east side to reflect the Sthāpatya Veda design principles. This striking form is expressed with a recycled power pole shell floating above a dark Shadowclad base. Bricked walls at either end of the wedge are recessed to create protection from the elements doubling as a light box, creating a play of light in the evening.
The wedge’s crisp lines and accentuated length contrast with the organic texture of the wood. Internally, the high raking ceilings create a light-filled space, and louver windows allow fresh air to flow through the home. Recycled NZ tawa has been introduced internally, featuring in surface sliding doors, bedroom and lounge room feature walls.
Cost benefits; The client has access to demolition timber and materials, through the family demolition and recycling business.
Timber species; Recycled power poles (Australian Hardwood),Recycled NZ Tawa, Demolition Kauri, Recycled Oak, Totara and Koto Veneer.