dunn & hillam architects cools australian desert house with lifted roof
dunn & hillam architects cools australian desert house with lifted roof dunn & hillam architects cools australian desert house with lifted roof
may 10, 2014
dunn & hillam architects cools australian desert house with lifted roof


dunn & hillam architects cools australian desert house with lifted roof
all images courtesy of dunn & hillam architects

 

 

 

‘the desert house’, designed by dunn & hillam architects, embraces and reflects the arid climate of alice springs, australia. a large secondary roof floats above the residence to provide shade and reduce thermal gain. the spaces below are heavily insulated, and retain cool temperatures through their contact with the earth. due to the clients’ love for the desert habitat, and the often mildly warm and dry conditions, outdoor spaces are prioritized and able to link seamlessly with indoor spaces. although the dwelling allows for an open relationship to its environment, it is also designed to close itself off when the weather conditions become harsh or undesirable.

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the lifted canopy structure keeps direct solar gain off of the residence

dunn hillam architects desert house designboom

an enclosed courtyard provides an protected area for residents to enjoy the desert climate

dunn hillam architects desert house designboom

(left): sliding screens control views through the courtyard wall
(right): concrete block provides thermal mass at the base of the structure

dunn hillam architects desert house designboom

large glass doors slide away to smoothly link the interior with the outdoor courtyard

dunn hillam architects desert house designboom

the courtyard comprises of an occupiable deck area and a plot of wild desert terrain

dunn hillam architects desert house designboom

a pool provides for a cool outdoor area on the lower part of the site

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the white interior finishes offer an alternative tonality to the desert context

dunn hillam architects desert house designboom

the site slopes downward and offers a view of the distant hills

 

drawings

 

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section: the terraces on the site influenced the organization of the dwelling’s spaces

dunn hillam architects desert house designboom

section: the enclosed courtyard provides a quiet space to enjoy the desert climate both during the day and at night

 

 

 

project info:

 

location: alice springs, northern territory, australia
architect: dunn & hillam architects
location: alice springs, australia

 

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