Winner

Esther James – “Auntie’s Hut”

Hyne Timber Industry Partner Award

Entrant Biography

4305 Design Principal Building Designer Esther James starts each project with a discussion behind the drivers that deliver the scope of work and guides the client in approaching the works from the perspectives of the present day, the future years, and the next generation.

4305 design prefers a collaborative and educational approach to design. Our goal is to design homes that you are proud to live in, with features that are liveable, that future generations can respect.

Media Release Information

4305 Design™ – This little shelter is grounded firmly in the landscape. Superbly energy efficient (9.1 stars!), the home celebrates the subtropical lifestyle, collects winter sun in all the right places, and is packed with accessible features.

The flat is designed to allow future use ideal for rental to a differently abled person, student, couple etc. It is designed to discourage additions, as per the LGA code. The property still has capacity to subdivide the southern section into a large sized residential block if wanted.

Design Brief

The client required an accessible dwelling with passive solar design, natural ventilation, and sustainable additions for an elderly relative. Mandatory requirements in the scope included a unique design (“not a cigarette box please”) in the same construction style as the main dwelling (brick veneer, slab on ground).

The LGA constraints included High voltage and flood overlays, poor site drainage, dwelling setback constraints, onsite wastewater.

Design Solution

This little shelter is grounded firmly in the landscape. Superbly energy efficient (9.1 stars!), the home celebrates the subtropical lifestyle, collects winter sun in all the right places, and is packed with accessible features. The lines of this dwelling are unique, intentionally invoking a sense of ‘village hut’ from a distance, to emphasise the communal intent of the dwelling. The low pitched eave extensions to the east and west reflect the sprawling nature of the ‘large lot’ neighbourhood home, and its generational iterations over time.

The primitive roof form welcomes the temporary gathering, guides you into the communal areas, leaving the private space as intended to relate to the northern gardens. High performance glazing is key to an energy efficient home. Timber framing and double glazing substantially reduce heat transfer in or out in weather extremes. LowE and tinting reduce summer heat incursion. A combination of traditional QLDer breezeways and Fanco’s Habitat Expert decentralised HRV unit (single unit set to exhaust) were used to provide fresh air to the centralised wet areas. The bedroom is designed to allow a bedbound person to still experience a visual connection to the land. It is protected from western sun while still welcoming generous winter warmth.

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