Original Timber Screens Adorning Sustainable Townhouse in Australia
Marcus O’Reilly Architects recently sent us photos and information about a modern home the practice completed in Australia. Here is the official project description, as provided by the architects: “This 5 unit medium-density housing development has been designed to contribute and improve the existing street-scape of a quiet tree lined street in Elwood, Victoria. Through careful selection of timber, standing seam metal and stone finishes the building relates to and complements the mature tree in front of the site as well as referencing the materials on the surrounding properties.
The main volume of the building is faced with a dramatic open jointed spotted gum rain screen that glows like a lantern in the evening. This façade is further animated through sliding timber and galvanized steel screens which help regulate the impact of the harsh afternoon sun to west facing windows. Skillion roofed, standing seam metal clad volumes then hang off this main volume over the driveway and touch the ground lightly through the clever employ of a series of steel moment frames. These tapered steel elements along the driveway not only allowed for the large existing to willows along the southern boundary to happily remain intact but also set up a clear markers down the driveway which help delineate each vertical dwelling. The project is the recent winner of both “Best New Development 1-5 storeys” and “Best Sustainable Development” in the Annual City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards”.