Apr 10, 2008

Glenburn House (Peninsula House) - Sean Godsell Architects

A 30m x 7.2m oxidized steel portal structure has been embedded into the side of a sand dune. This structure forms the 'exoskeleton' of the house upon which the weather controlling outer skin - operable timber shutters, glass roof and walls are all mounted. The simple programme of the house - a living/eating room, library and sleeping room forms the 'endoskeleton' of the building. The verandah is abstracted in this work to become the outer layer of the building. There is no distinction in that sense between the function of the roof and the function of the walls. The house itself is the nurturing inner room, protected from the elements by a course outer hide. The interplay of the occupant between these two elements activates the simple form of the building (by the opening and closing of the facade) and transforms it into an organic domain. This effect is further accentuated by the emptying and filling of the building with light, filtered through the timber screens, which maps the course of the day and the time of the year in the shape and extent of the shadows cast by the screens.My interest lies in the iconic nature of the verandah to both Asian + European cultures and the common architectural ground which they afford to the region. (to find out more..)

passage from: http://www.seangodsell.com/
images from: http://archrecord.construction.com/residential/recordHouses/2008/08glenburn.asp

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