A Unique Partnering – House One by Architects Ink
Port Willunga, SA, Australia

Photography Sam Noonan
Architecture Architects Ink
Interior Design Architects Ink
Build Krivic
Words Bronwyn Marshall

A close collaboration between architect and builder sees House One emerge as a market offering for an easily duplicatable home. Architects Ink joins forces with Krivic to propose a home that embraces mid-century design ideals.

House One is located in Port Willunga, south of Adelaide, along an uninterrupted coastline. As an experiment of sorts, the project is the result of a considered and strategic partnership between Architects Ink and builder Krivic in designing a series of homes that are architecturally led and conceived, with the underlying foundation that they can be easily replicated. The resulting home sits low and linear to its flat site and embraces the philosophies that underpin the mid-century modernist movement. Driving the design and arrangement of spaces is a shared openness and sense of connection, visually and acoustically, throughout the home. A considered integration of curated garden settings throughout ensures each room has access to an element of nature, while large openings encourage an interaction with the surrounding landscape.

Modules are intended to be lengthened, mirrored or shifted as needed, depending on the site and its constraints, predominantly appropriate for a similar flat siting.

Inspired by an analysis of the current market, the pair joined forces to create an offering that went beyond both the traditional replicated new build and allowed a broader sector of the market to access an architecturally designed home. House One is part of a series of six homes, each with their own defined aesthetic and referencing an alternate set of design principles. In this case, it is the open and connected nature of the low-lying mid-century modernist movement and its appropriateness to the arid coastal climate. Behind a rhythm of expressed steel columns, a series of open and interconnected internal areas flow freely from one to the another, bound behind a shared glazed façade, wrapping the whole.

Key to the partnership was the combining of industry knowledge and access to quality finishes and selections, defining the elevation of its offering from lower budget and mass-produced alternates. The modular nature of the home and its parts allows for minor customisation, while still being definitively unique. Modules are intended to be lengthened, mirrored or shifted as needed, depending on the site and its constraints, predominantly appropriate for a similar flat siting. As a nod to the era, exposed brickwork adds a warming and weighted element to the site, while exposed polished concrete floors reinforce a continuity internally, while the flat roof and expansive use of glass are iconic of the era and its experimentation with newfound technologies.

Behind a rhythm of expressed steel columns, a series of open and interconnected internal areas flow freely from one to the another, bound behind a shared glazed façade, wrapping the whole.

House One is a step in an interesting direction to bridging the gap between mass production of housing void of architectural input and those carefully conceived by an architect. Architects Ink has created a unique and welcomed addition to a conversation needing to be had, about a future designed to curate access to more inspiring homes for all.

Published 16 April, 2021
Photography  Sam Noonan
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