warc studio was commissioned to upgrade an edwardian residence in the australian suburb of camberwell, victoria. the home needed slight renovations such as bringing up to par its bathrooms and wardrobes as well as a major new addition, which would completely change its functionality. in completing the project, the architects used timber hardwood screens, which have come to characterize the project and set it aside from its neighbors. despite adding aesthetic value, the screen’s purpose is to limit sun exposure without inhibiting views. the screens have been positioned perfectly to allow the right amount of exposure, while still framing the best exterior views.  

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this balance between exterior and interior is essential to architectural success especially in a place like australia. in warc studio’s own words, ‘windows, cabinetry, walls and ceilings were strategically placed to unveil views and openings to the outside. the design focused on integrating the garden with the interior, all while managing the harsh western aspect of the site.

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cloaked in timber hardwood, the house mitigates northern and western sunlight

 

 

‘as the occupants proceed towards the rear, a series of views unfolds,’ explains the design team. ‘the north garden framed by cabinetry; glimpses of the sky through a strip skylight; views of trees through high level windows; screened views to the western outdoor areas.’ if desired, the screens can be opened to maximize the afternoon sun during winter as well also to allow maintenance to the façade.

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the hardwood screens have come to characterize the project

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the screen’s purpose is to limit sun exposure without inhibiting views

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the project was completed by warc studio, a firm based in camberwell, australia

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the screen has been positioned to allow the right amount of exposure

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the screens can be opened to maximize the afternoon sun during winter

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the design focused on integrating the garden with the interior

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