TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick
 

TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick

TRIAS, an architecture studio based in sydney, australia, designs its ‘three piece house’ as a courtyard dwelling for a couple looking to downsize and live more simply. located in located in stockton, a suburb of newcastle, new south wales, the project situates a modest, single-story house and studio along a plot defined by irregular boundaries. the design team organizes the volumes of the house with a skewed orientation to follow the site’s borders, and clusters to create privacy on the exposed corner lot. the materiality of three piece house is robust and resilient, befitting a windswept, coastal site. the textural timber finish and brickwork base are raw and rugged, and have been chosen to become more beautiful as they age. 

TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick
all images by benjamin hosking

 

 

TRIAS’ ‘three piece house’ is designed for a site restricted by flood controls, a condition that requires the building to be raised. in contrast to a conventional architectural response, which might elevate the house on stilts, the house sits on a solid brick base. this design approach expresses influence by jørn utzon’s text, ‘platforms and plateaus,’ with a gesture that lends the house heft and presence.

TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick

 

 

the team at TRIAS conceived the project as a collection of three pavilions. the main house is composed of two pavilions — one for living, and one for sleeping. the third piece is a reading corridor, which bridges between and faces out to the garden. the rooms all maintain a compact proportion that is balanced by generous ceilings and carefully cropped openings. at three piece house, courtyards and gardens ramble between the buildings. the two main courtyards have distinctive characters. one is outward-facing and public while the other introverted and private. a southern porch faces the river and offers an area for interaction with neighbors while the northern courtyard is a sheltered space for retreat and gathering.

TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick

TRIAS conceives 'three piece house' as a collection of pavilions in timber and brick

 

 

project info:

 

project title: three piece house

architecture: TRIAS

location: stockton, NSW, australia

project team: jonathon donnelly, jennifer mcmaster

builder: GTS construction

site foreman: ben gambrill

landscape design: TRIAS in collaboration with sustainable surrounds

structural engineering: mark sturgess, northrop

photography: benjamin hosking

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