Wyndham Residence

Year: 2001-2004

This home was designed on a fundamental basis of efficiency; …. effective construction cost, energy efficiency and environmental awareness.

The primary structure of timber beams and columns has been exposed as primary aesthetic elements externally and internally in conjunction with, and integrated to timber veneer finishes for joinery. Plywood cladding has been used not only because of its aesthetic qualities, but for its ability to provide bracing for the structure and it’s environmental advantages. Assessment of this residence using First Rate Software is well above the best rating of 6 stars, proving that informed design can provide high quality sustainable architecture without cost penalty.

Timber has been used throughout the building because it fulfils the fundamental requirements for sustainable architecture. The Timber structure has been designed to maximise the efficiency of member sizes while Plywood cladding has been used not only because of it’s aesthetic qualities, but for it’s ability to provide bracing for the structure and it’s environmental advantages. (Structural efficiency is aided by the simple form of the building which is based on two intersecting wedges while the Primary structure of timber beams and columns has been exposed as primary aesthetic elements. 

The floor area of building has been minimised by efficient planning which eliminates passages and provides flexible multi-use of spaces, such as the garage which provides an extension to the Living areas. The structures are based on efficient member sizes allowed by the simple form which is based on two intersecting wedges. Materials have been selected to reduce embodied energy and provide aesthetic quality with limited secondary finishing. The building is oriented and insulated to maximise natural energy efficiency, lighting and cross ventilation.

The primary structure of timber beams has been exposed as primary aesthetic elements externally and internally in conjunction with, and integrated to timber veneer finishes for joinery. Plywood cladding has been used not only because of its aesthetic qualities but for it’s ability to provide bracing for the structure and it’s environmental advantages

Assessment of this residence using the First Rate Software is well above the best rating of 6 Stars, proving that informed design can provide high quality sustainable architecture without cost penalty.