BREEZEWAY HOUSE
A chance reconnection with an old friend at a local Margaret River beach was the serendipitous starting point for the Breezeway House. A couple living in Austria (one of whom Danny had gone to primary school with) were planning to return to Australia to start a family. 
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Their respective careers, as a futurist and a teacher of permaculture, had led them to comprehensively investigate the ways in which people interact with and explore their physical surroundingsthrough art and design, mathematics, science and technology, sociology and cultural studies. This rich intellectual context directly informed the design of their new house. 
The brief was to build a small house to ensure a low environmental footprint; to maximise space for a permaculture garden; and to meet cost considerations. Keeping the house to a 70 m2 footprint also allowed for flexibility to adapt to the ownersfuture lifestyles changes. A bedroom was designed to interchangeably function as a lounge area or a room for guests; a loft area to function as a study or an additional bedroom. The size and positionality of the house enabled a future second dwelling on the property.  
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Conceptually, the design was based around a split floorplan and central courtyard. The creation of a breezeway ventilates the rooms on either side and exists as a natural extension of the interior spaces. As a central channel bisecting the house, the heart of the house is paradoxically a void; a central artery; an open pathway that facilitates movement and connection. The conduit facilitates engagement between the ownersand the external environment: enabling movement between inside and outside zones, and nuanced awareness of daily weather. 
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Project Details
Material: Timber frame/burnished concrete/heritage galvanised roofing & walls/rough-sawn Jarrah
Project size m2: 70
Location: Cowaramup, Western Australia
Year: 2022
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