The design response utilises an array of natural materials in a broad neutral palette to provide a modern yet sympathetic connection to the surrounding environment. The facade materials tie into their respective end points, the charred timber to the tree canopies and rammed earth to the sandy soil that is characteristic of the area.
The floor plan maximises planning considerations, natural light, available living space while the internal atrium supports energy efficiency for both townhomes, as well as a connection to nature.
Design features reaffirm continuity between indoors and out. The atrium and feature tree brings the spaces to life whilst promoting tranquility and connection to the very environment that draws both visitors and locals to the Barwon Heads community.
When considering characteristics of the Bellarine Peninsula, the rammed earth party wall speaks for itself as the standout feature of the design. The wall stands 6.5m high and imposes a quiet, yet rugged dominance to both the upper and lower levels of the home.
Both levels are connected by the texture and tone of the wall, which provides a feast for the senses with neutrality to suit any interior palette. The muted, sandy tones, pay tribute to the nearby beaches and horizontal lines draw guests on a journey through the home, whilst maintaining connection to the outdoors.
The significant use of natural materials is first and foremost a sustainable design solution. Timber cladding utilised as a design element provides carbon storage, supporting reduced emissions. The rammed earth party wall provides for excellent thermal mass.
The north facing aspects of the main living zone provide for passive solar opportunities. The party wall challenging solar performance has been mitigated by the integration of the internal atrium as a central light well of both townhouses.
‘Same but different’ balances its evolving village surrounds with outstanding attention to natural features characteristic of its Bellarine Peninsula environment.
Designer: Holman Designs Pty Ltd holmandesigns.com.au
Builder: Vand Builders
Structural Engineer: AGB Engineering
Soil Testing: Structerre
Building Surveyor: Peninsula Building Surveyors Network
Planning Consultant: Coastal Planning Pty Ltd
MAJOR SUPPLIERS FOR THE PROJECT
Rammed Earth Victoria
Eco Living Concrete Grinding