james stockwell: crescent croft house camps by a lake
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jul 13, 2013
james stockwell: crescent croft house camps by a lake


‘croft residence’ by james stockwell, victoria, australia
all images courtesy of james stockwell

 

 

 

upon the expectations of the owners for a residence that allows a ‘full outlook to and shelter from the coastal vistas in all directions’ and to be ‘part of the landscape’, australian architect james stockwell designed the crescent-shaped croft house along the south coast of victoria. emerging subtly from the exposed landscape, the semi-circular footprint simultaneously opens panoramic views to the sea while cradling a protected outdoor courtyard from the strong prevailing winds. locally-sourced materials of low embodied energies illustrates a contemporary step in the regional history with traditional craftsmanship. the smoothed concrete exterior envelope resonates with the shale geology, warmed internally by compressed sand thermal walls like sand dunes. the rich timber interior is comprised of vic ash and bluestone coming from locally-sourced origins. double glazing and isolated thermal mass make for an energy efficient home with a naturally high fire rating. the fluid roof system is built up of two-dimensional planes constructed with battens, rafters, and corrugated metal – in line with local conventional regional construction methods.

 

 


modest structure in a rural landscape

 

 


sinuous form embraces the landscape while creating a sheltered space

 

 


openings embedded into the corrugated metal siding

 

 


small porch detail

 

 


fluid interior space

 

 


victoria ash ceiling timbers bring warmth to the concrete structure

 

 

 

 


(left) fireplace embedded into the structure
(right) bathroom

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

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