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- Photography by Sonia Mangiapane
- Designer Doherty Lynch
- Architect Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd
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The brief was for a family holiday home on a working farm that had been destroyed in the Black Saturday fires. The Victorian Government invited architects to design affordable, sustainable housing to suit new bushfire building regulations in its We Will Rebuild program. The owner chose a design by JCB architects, then enlisted JCB to make modifications and work with Doherty Lynch for the interiors.
The result is a strong rectangular structure clad in metal sheet roofing. The interior mimics the strong lines and simplicity of the exterior, while bringing in modernity and warmth.
The rebuild needed to accommodate four families. Challenges were ensuring the house could contract and expand with guests over peak holiday periods, with durable finishes for the grandchildren. The home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, bunkroom and a central living/dining/kitchen area. The bunkroom is at one end of the house, accessed via a wide hallway and zoned off with an acoustic sliding door, with two decks for the kids to hang out.
The layered materials are textured, robust and playful. The entry nook of spotted gum timber wraps inside to the entry foyer via a large purple-painted pivot door and extends into the main living area, then wrapping up the front of the island bench in the kitchen. The cabinetry is a mix of Japanese Sen ash, Moleskin-coloured laminate, black laminate with exposed ply edges and purple laminate. Visual interest has also been brought in via feature tiles on the splashback and hexagonal mosaics in the bathroom. A playful element of black laminate on ply handles mimic piano keys along the floor to ceiling cabinetry in a wide hallway. These elements work to create a timeless interior through texture, colour and elements of surprise.
Team JCB Architects: Tim Jackson, Rob Kennon, Simon Beeton; Doherty Lynch: Mardi Doherty, Fiona Lynch, Michelle Evans, Kristiina Morgan