Franklin Residence / Studio Ola
Photographs: Derek swalwell
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Text description provided by the architects. Franklin is a four bedroom residence designed for one owner with an extended family of children and grandchildren who will take over during vacation periods. Settled calmly on the land of the Bunurong people, the site is located along a road covered with dense shrubs about 400 meters from Portsea Bay. Along the road, small sandy alleys disappear into the wall of foliage, invoking a connection to the beach setting, although much of the plantation is exotic. Hidden behind the trees is a collection of unremarkable suburban homes with some odd gems immediately to the rear of the site.
Informed by the eclectic artistic interests of our clients which specifically include Japanese, Greek, indigenous and Mid-Century Modern, as well as a fascination with Japanese design in general, the design is a literal response to a notebook of charges well defined. The dossier called for a “Japanese-inspired fuzzy white cocoon” that was private, peaceful, fresh and organic. A quiet place to live, work, meet and play. Something that can work with the changing number of occupants while still providing a sense of calm and retreat, whether there is only one occupant or a full herd.
Contextually, Franklin reacts to the characteristics of the seaside setting rather than the more suburban characteristics of the built neighborhood. The design cues come from the fall of the site, which is at the rear, the coastal treetop mark, the neighbor’s dominant cypress hedge along the southern boundary, the orientation of the sites and conditions established for neighboring lots. The intention in responding to these elements is to establish a sense of belonging to the natural environment rather than to the built environment, and in turn to establish an architectural language of tranquility.
Franklin’s form is simple. Using a cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure including floors, walls and a roof / ceiling, made from treated Australian pine and made in Victoria, a single roof covers a simple rectangle with a large cutout facing north. The roof tilts from the rear and lower end of the site to hedge level and rises at a slightly steeper angle to the slope of the site, allowing Franklin to gently lift his head overhead. of the tree and the hedge line at the front. The facade has been replanted with native coastal scrub which will restore the vegetal screen of the streetscape to a planting appropriate to the region and further enhance the character of the beach.
The ground on site is made entirely of sand, which allows for relatively easy carving and carving. While the front of the house is 2 storeys, from the street, it reads more like a single storey dwelling. The intention is to be humble on the outside and full of warmth, light, joy and scale on the inside. The ladder of the house is revealed as you cross the driveway and descend a few steps from the garden to the front door where you are greeted by Franklin with a simple wooden wall and screened windows hinting at what is happening. find beyond. A slightly recessed central door marks the entry point, and says warmly, come in and let me show you what I have inside.