Drivers Run (2015) > Design + Construct
One of the key criteria of this brief revolved around the sites location at Drivers Run, calling for the design to respond to the naturally intensive impact of wind. The brief also called for specific functional requirements, although this family of four had no specific aesthetic aspiration, open-endedly leaving the design concept completely to us.
Drivers Run is rural land of ex-soldiers and convicts, which, along with the presence of local sheering sheds, inspired the use of naturally rustic materials such as sandstone, recycled brickwork, recycled timber and core-ten steel.
The house is located sympathetically on the site, minimising excavation, as it steps down the natural contours of the land. Oriented true north, the living room and selective placement of an internal window maximise views over Launceston and the Tamar River to the west. Combining both suspended and waffle concrete slabs provides the thermal mass to house hydronic floor heating throughout the entire dwelling.