PROJECT NAME // Tennyson
COMPLETION YEAR // 2016
ARCHITECT // John Adam Architect
PROJECT PERSONNEL // John Adam Architect AIA
LOCATION // Tennyson
SIZE // 320 sqm total: 60 sqm new works plus 250 sqm renovations to existing
BUILDING TYPOLOGY // Residential Alteration
We wanted a home which weighed less.
The resolutions that John employed have given us that and more.
The understanding of us and our house and the resulting crafting of space and form is both impressive and comfortable.
Void + Bridge
ARCHITECT’S STATEMENT //
The misery of a 7 foot man living in an 8 foot house.
We needed strategies to open up space:
Vertical void through first floor.
Peeling away new walls from the existing ‘ruin’.
New works with higher ceilings
RELATIONSHIP OF BUILT FORM TO CONTEXT
Existing house is a two stack 2.4m pancake. Users suffered the low ceilings and were evaluating whether this could actually be resolved in a renovation.
The main built form manoeuvre was to punch a hole in the upper floor to create an intense central vertical space. Where possible walls were removed or windows installed such that the lowered ceiling break off spaces were able to borrow from this verticality.
A playful cost saving strategy was to peel new forms of the masonry rear wall. Existing window opens were retained, creating a modern ruin from which are peeled new lightweight glass and timber forms. The new spaces also enable increased ceiling heights.
PUBLIC AND CULTURAL BENEFITS:
TENNYSON DUNES // YAITYA WORRA
One of the few remaining coastal reserves on the Adelaide foreshore. It contains important native SA dunal flora and fauna and current community engagement is rehabilitating the area.
The view from the dune was considered as important as the street view and the meandering unsealed timber towers and recycled timber pergola offer a patina that will age sympathetically with the softness of the dunes. Conversely Tennyson is renowned for the mega mansion and garish 80’s edifies of render and salmon.
Our aim was to create an aesthetic where design consideration has informed the shape and materiality of the home, rather than status anxiety.
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT // John Adam Architect
ADDRESS // 21 Highwood Grove, Upper Sturt SA 5156
PHONE // +61 8 8339 3999
EMAIL // email@example.com
WEBSITE // www.johnadam.com.au
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CONSULTANTS & CONTRACTORS //
INTERIORS // John Adam Architect
LANDSCAPE // John Adam Architect
CONTRACTOR / BUILDER // Vertex Construction
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER // Triaxial Consulting – Dan Vyden
LIGHTING CONSULTANT // Gamma Illumination - Tony Tulic
PHOTOGRAPHY // John Adam
MATERIALS & FINISHES //
ROOFING // Revolution Roofing – True Oak
EXTERNAL CLADDING // Tillings Timber – Western Red Cedar
EXTERNAL FLOOR FINISHES // Austral clay brick pavers
EXTERNAL SOFFITS // Nil
CEILINGS // Plasterboard
INTERNAL CLADDING // Plasterboard
INTERNAL FLOOR FINISHES // Vic Ash + Recycled carpet
WINDOWS // Aluminium
PLUMBING FIXTURES // Reece
LIGHT FITTINGS // LED - Gamma Illumination
JOINERY FINISHES // Vic Ash – Adelaide Black Granite Honed – 2 Pac Paint
OTHER // Bagged Existing Brick Walls – Rayners Raytex Custom Mix