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Solar Woodcraft Studio, Solar Garden Landscape, and Carport, plus minor restoration works to stone, heritage-listed 1890′s house, Swanbourne, WA. M Leaversuch Architect Gérard Siero, 1999 - 2003

The design meets the challenge of creating a private place on a busy suburban intersection, which harmonises with a valued heritage-listed house to provide an attractive, climate responsive and function environment. A model was made to explain the concept to Council, which enthusiastically passed and publicly commended the design in the local press.

The site was replanned with new garden entry experience orchestrated so that prospect of the house at arrival - over a bridge - is kept open, with the Studio sited discretely off to the side. The landscape was designed with circular spaces and curved paths, a blend of indigenous and adaptive plantings, and a watercourse for sound screening, all to soften the seasonal extremes of the climate. The Studio provides a well crafted, light, spacious and functional workshop of quality, natural, durable materials, with the verandah doubling as spill over for large pieces and, with the attached gazebo, providing outdoor living opportunities in the Garden. The result exceeded the delighted clients′ expectations.

Project Architect: Feasibility, design and documentation, consultant coordination, approvals, scope and costing negotiations with builder and landscape contractors. Contract administration ("cost-plus" contract).





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