A Sensitively Rebuilt ‘Mr Fluffy House’ In Canberra


The function of architecture and layout Sans-Arc Studio spans a number of sectors and Australian states. What attracted Sans-Arc Studio director Matiya Marovich to this unique household venture in Canberra was the obstacle: to design and style a compact, new home on a confined price range — to heritage requirements. 

The Ainslie site was formerly host to an asbestos-riddled dwelling, procured and demolished by the ACT governing administration, with the land marketed to the existing proprietors. Inspite of staying a new build, its spot in the Wakefield Gardens Housing Precinct confined the house to 127 square metres (as per the initial dwelling) and required the near-exact external appearance to be replicated. ‘The compact footprint, rigorous setbacks, and heritage restrictions have been the main difficulties in the challenge, but in a natural way provided the most important chance for creative imagination,’ claims Matiya. 

Sans-Arc Studio’s subsequent exterior structure mainly mimics the unique dwelling with its painted white brick exterior, terracotta tiled roof, and arched entryway. The only big variation is the setback from the northern boundary, in which sliding glass doors open the inside to a sunken out of doors eating space.

Integral to the new house is an inner courtyard inserted at the centre of the floor approach. The home’s a few bedrooms, two bathrooms and open up-prepare dwelling domain wrap close to this outside house, attaining an openness to counteract the somewhat compact footprint.

Matiya states the inside aims to be ‘a very little sudden for Ainslie.’ He describes, ‘Our intention was to sit inside the band of fashionable-Australian type, sustaining a simplicity and authenticity through. Nothing in excess of the leading, logical, nonetheless beautiful.’ Doorway handles created in collaboration with Bankston Architectural add a delicate sculptural component tied to the decorative functions of the primary household. 

Even though limiting the household to 127 sq. metres was a heritage requirement, this enabled a more cost-effective job over-all. Building prices amounted to about $510,000 (excluding GST) — lessen than quite a few new architect-made homes in Australia. 

‘For a new-establish, three-mattress, and two-tub house, this is excellent. This was attained by the limit on the footprint and a hyper-rational solution to operation and beauty,’ states Matiya. ‘Much of the do the job we do as architects is unattainable or inaccessible for most of the populace, specifically in the residential sphere. Doing the job in commercial, civic, or public spaces is different, but usually the residential projects having published and profitable awards are pretty highly-priced and for the very wealthy… It however could not be attainable for lots of people today to build a residence for fifty percent a million, but it unquestionably is much more attainable than $1, $2 or $3 million.’ 

Sans-Arc have succeeded in ‘unlocking’ this dwelling to offer you very good pure ventilation, purely natural gentle, and an openness to harmony its compact mother nature. The outcome is warm and playful, though in retaining with its heritage neighbours. 


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