5 Koppen Tce
The brief was to create a new home for the designer, by the designer, while taking into consideration the resale potential.
The home needed to work in the tropics, be of light weight construction and achieve all of the ESD principles such as: capturing prevailing breezes; protection from driving rain; while allowing the building to breathe.
These environmental design criteria were to work in conjunction with a modern aesthetic, to create a unique home, built on functional design principles.
Positioned at the top of the hill on Koppen Terrace, the site has fantastic mountains views to the south and ocean to the north and has great opportunity to capture breezes.
A critical factor in the design was to mitigate the use of air conditioning, and this has been achieved through a number of methods, including designing roof ventilation into the full perimeter of the building. Venting occurs through high level wall sections, which are clad in black perforated mini-orb.
The feature of the home is the 5 metre high x 4 metre wide automatic vertical bi-fold door, made with ‘low-e‘ glass panels. The door can open to any height, allowing fresh airflow to be controlled through the adjacent spaces. When raised to its full opening height, the distinction between inside and out is blurred, created a lovely open feel in the internal living spaces.
The use of aluminium composite cladding on a home of such a small scale is not only innovative but carefully considered.The panels have been broken up into differing sizes and alternate colours used to eliminate any commercial connotations. The designer also conceived a new fixing technique which gives the same visual impact and resilience, for a reduced cost. In contrast to the cladding, rough sawn timber was used to soften the appearance.