om above brings the spaces to life. The roof-lights can be opened and on warm days the stack effect ensures that fresh cool air is drawn in from above the pool. The Pantheon and the work of James Turrell have influenced the design of the top lit pavilions.
As one moves through the building the layout gives a changing enfilade of vistas and views, the geometric forms accentuated by the simple utilitarian finishes. The brick fireplace mirrors the entrance gateway in its scale and texture and acts as a ‘touchstone’ at the heart of the composition, grounding the house around a hearth.
The pavilions are super- insulated (250 mm of PU foam) and relatively airtight. A heat-recovery air system ensures energy efficient ventilation throughout the colder months. Full of inventiveness, the cleverly detailed thick walls contain the services. The house has a beautiful balance of delight and is obviously an uplifting and practical place to live.
ClientAlice Dawson & Henning Stummel
Gross Floor Area (mq)264
ArchitectsLead Architect: Henning Stummel, Project Architect: Eliana Sousa
Design teamMHA - Structural Engineers, Lead engineer:Michael Hadi, Project Engineer: Mathai Mathew
Main ContractorArtur Koziol, from Art & Design
ConsultantsMha Structural Engineers
SuppliersGreencoat cladding, Rooflight Company, Valchromat interiors
Photo CreditsLuke Caulfield and Tim Soar
Curriculum studio / partecipanteWe are a small, award-winning architectural practice, founded by Henning Stummel in 2000. We are passionate about architecture, design and place-making, working closely with our clients to develop the brief and deliver projects which engage and delight. Our process is developed through listening and clear communication, both visually and verbally, this empowers clients and convinces planners. We are a dedicated team who enjoy attention to detail. It is important to us that completed projects are successful in design as well as responsible to the environment and social impact.