Ashburton House has a striking facade — but it does more than just look good. Its sawtooth design is self-shading, ensuring the house stays cool in summer by blocking the heat of the sun from hitting the windows.
The form of the new house is an extruded L shape — two storeys tall. The inside of the L is lined with windows that face a linear park and its canopy of trees to the south-east of the site.
One Long View
"The new house was designed around one long view and it is as simple as that. All the rooms take advantage of it. The house is planned around views from the inside, yet the aesthetic focus is mainly on the exterior. The metal-clad upper storey, with its jutting, angled planes, is not mere sculptural play, however." — PHOOEY Architects
Like a roof on its side, the home's facade is a self-shading wall — the angled planes block summer sun from striking and heating the surface. Inside the house, there is a joyous feeling of being in the tree canopy, with the park stretching into the distance.
Fun for Children
Multiple access points allow the clients' children to run around and through the house. There is a real empathy with how children will perceive and enjoy the space.
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