“The clients wished to create a house that sat comfortably in the landscape as well taking inspiration from the existing farm buildings on site”
The house is sited as part of a working farm Green Hills Farm that has been established by the client to regenerate 150 acres of West Gippsland pasture and bushland. The house functions as a centre for their operations, a family home and a place from which they can offer different experiences. The property is accessed via a steep road that overlooks the remainder of the property below. The house is approached past the orchard and garden beds of the farm and the main house is nestled into the hill with a timber board and batten wall facing the approach. As you enter the breezeway through a large red sliding barn door, the space opens up to the valley below. The central breezeway uses recycled brick that contrasts with the rough timber lining boards used throughout the house. The boards reflect the timber boards that were on the interior of the milking sheds that used to stand on the site. To the left is the large central space with glazing to the full extent of the West façade looking over the valley. The space is defined by several large, exposed timber trusses and columns supporting the timber-lined roof. The trusses were constructed on site by the builder. The rear wall features the same recycled brick used in the breezeway. The floor is burnished concrete, and this material is echoed in the kitchen benchtops. The interior uses black detailing in the joinery, steel splashback and the steel plates joining the timber trusses.
The far end wall has a custom formed concrete bench with a steel firewood rack at one end. An open fireplace perches on the bench with exposed flue through the ceiling.
The bedroom wing is on the other side of the breezeway and has two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a master bedroom and Ensuite. A central hallway runs along the length with the rough boards on the bedroom side contrasting with white full height joinery on the other side. The master bedroom at the end commands views over the valley, with timber detailing in the flooring and joinery. The master Ensuite and bathroom contrast with a continuation of the black theme used in the kitchen.
To the South of the main house is a studio that again uses the language and materiality of the old shed that stood on the site. The exterior is clad with rusty galvanised iron, contrasted with black detailing in the flashings and windows. The interior is finished in limed plywood on the walls and ceiling with a burnished concrete floor. The kitchen is detailed with contrasting black cupboards. The bathroom pod is accessed past storage cupboards. The bathroom is lined in simple galvanised ripple iron that follows the curves of the exterior walls.
The space is used as a retreat from the main house and for visitors to the farm.
Builder: JW & WM Woodbridge Building Pty Ltd.
We are excited to be working on this house located in Paynesville on the canals. As part of our service to our clients, we try to give them give a good idea of what the final product will be. We have been using some new visualisation software and have produced this video as well as some still images. It can help give a better understanding of the volumes as well as the feel of the design.
Wonthaggi Community Health
"The project included the complete refurbishment of the existing 1980’s brick building on the site and the inclusion of a new office pod”
Client Name: Latrobe Regional Health
Builder: TS Constructions
The project is for a new Community Health building located in Wonthaggi and operated by Latrobe Regional Health. The service had previously been located at Wonthaggi hospital in old building stock. The new project provided the opportunity to re-use the existing building on site and to create a modern facility for the service. The existing building has had many uses in the past, including its last life as a tech school. Slap Architects assessed the project and determined that the existing building was sufficient to be reused, saving the client some construction costs as well, as reducing the environmental footprint. The fitout includes several consulting rooms and treatment rooms in the existing building and the addition of a “pod” at the rear to house office staff. The consulting rooms provide high acoustic privacy. The pod uses the language of the existing 1980’s mansard roof canopy at the front of the building. Both the pod and the canopy were clad in raised seem roofing material.
The interior uses warm tones and materials to provide a less formal and less clinical feel to the user experience.
"The New Operating Theatre provides the hospital with a new facility to service the community. With and state of the art equipment and design standards”
Client Name: Central Gippsland Health Service - Sale
Builder: CAD Build – (Formerly CM & HM Banks)
As part of ongoing capital works at the hospital is the provision of a new operating theatre and associated support areas. The facility is located on the roof space of the existing building designed in 1972 by the Architect – the late Stuart Ashton who was responsible for many of the buildings in Gippsland since the 1950’s. The design‘s intention is to complement the existing building forms and uses the language of the long slot windows and metal façade and reinterprets them. A custom made folded metal façade sites atop the existing brickwork, broken by the negative space of the slot windows. The façade changes appearance during the day with the varying shadows and light.
Nagle College Salesian Technology Precinct
“The Salesian Technology and Physical Education Precinct mark Nagle College’s commitment to upgrading their aging buildings and providing state of the art facilities for their students.”
Client Name: Nagle College Bairnsdale
Builder: Brooker Builders
As part of Nagle college’s master plan, the Salesian Technology Precinct and Physical education buildings are part of recent upgrade works to replace existing aging buildings on the site and provide their students with state of the art facilities. Following on from the trade skills centre and Nano Nagle centre classroom developments, this marks the last project to replace facilities that have been on site since the 1970’s.
The Technology building comprises a central exhibition area that accesses the school’s existing sports hall which is also used for assemblies and functions. The exhibition area functions as the circulation space through the building and has an atrium that provides natural light. The school has installed in the atrium an Italian garden and mural to pay homage to Don Bosco.
The Technology building has a dedicated Textiles classroom, a general classroom, wood and metal working workshops and a new technologies classroom. In addition, there is a fully functioning commercial kitchen including food technology teaching area.
The Physical Education addition includes a classroom accessible to the sports hall, change rooms and a new entry area to the sports hall accessible from the carpark.
The exterior of the building is designed to be in keeping with the existing sports hall scale but has two very distinct entries to the Technology Precinct and the Hall. Both have a bold Aluminium clad canopy that reaches out towards the carpark. The Technology Precinct has a red canopy and the hall entry has a yellow canopy and which provides shelter at the entry for patrons before and after events. The hall entry has a sculptural off-form concrete area including a planter, wall and steps that lead to the change rooms.
The remainder of the exterior areas are brick with Australian Hardwood Timber blade walls to provide some visual warmth in contrast to the hard finishes.
The Technology Precinct interiors feature predominantly plywood walls and epoxy coloured flooring, a different aesthetic with practical robustness for a commercial work area. The ceilings are acoustic corrugated iron throughout. The central area has a plywood feature wall with a large back lit cross, large decorative suspended pendant lights and a racing stripe on the floor direct movement through the space.
Green and orange highlights are used through the interior as well, with a large suspended air conditioning duct that runs the length of the space.
The buildings are a statement of Nagle’s commitment to development and investment in their future.