48C Riverview Road
This home is built on the most difficult block of land on the sub division. This block follows the access road around the curve in the drive and falls very steeply away. We also had to design a building allowing a 6 metre clear space around a number of mature spotted gums. In the planning of this building we were very keen not to crowd any of these trees. This block we chose for our home. The resulting building once again timber framed corrugated iron clad and earth rendered has proven to be a huge success for us.
The special feature of this home apart from the beautiful colourful rendered walls is the extensive use of hardwood timber that came from the Royal Prince Alfred marina that was replaced with concrete floating wharves These sections are 200mm by 100mm and vary in length from 4 to 6.5 metres, straight as an arrow and this timber is seen throughout these photographs. Another important feature of these buildings 48b and 48c is the technique of burying the rear of the buildings up to 3 metres deep in order to ensure that the front of the buildings are not sky high and also to integrate the building with the landscape. Built properly there is no issue with dampness nor has this procedure affected the existing bush.
This concept is contrary to many architects who believe that excavation is not touching the earth lightly. On the contrary this technique reduces the visual impact of the building and nestles it beautifully with the surrounding environment
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