Josephine Hurley Architecture
Grays Point, NSW, Australia
Kingfisher House by Josephine Hurley Architecture has been a life-long project for the Clients who bought the vacant site in the early 1980s. A protracted process with Council and neighbours has seen the brief evolve and shift over the last 30 years.
The original brief was for a large family home to cater for the Client’s growing family. Now nearly empty-nesters the house needs to cater for their 5 adult daughters and their families when they regularly visit from out of town, whilst also being intimate when they are on their own. Spaces are controlled yet comfortable, designed to a human scale where an individual, small groups or large gatherings can take place.
The Kingfisher House by JHA descends its north-east facing site in a series of split levels towards the Hacking River. The roof planes echo the steepness of the site and anchor the dwelling. The textural and tactile qualities of natural materials are exploited to create a sense of warmth and enduring character.
The site’s natural contours, sandstone outcrops and vegetation were taken into consideration. Honest and robust materials were chosen to nestle the house in its tough waterfront environment. Boundaries are blurred between interior and exterior spaces so that the occupant feels a strong connection to the native bushland site.
The view across the water is concealed and revealed, and is never confronting. It can be enjoyed visually as easily as it can be just a background noise for other activities.
The house employs a number of sustainable initiatives including a 53,000L water tank located under the elevated pool that harvests roof water for reuse throughout the house. Recycled Blackbutt is used as a feature material throughout the house. The house is not air-conditioned, instead it takes advantage of stack-effect ventilation and a ventilated roof to naturally cool the house.
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