Merry Christmas from Slap Architects
As the year draws to a close we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our year and to thank our wonderful clients. We have completed some very exciting projects which we will share on our website soon.
One of the most prominent, fun and most talked about projects we have undertaken this year has been the design and construction of the amenities in the main street of Bairnsdale. No doubt if you have driven through town you would have seen the bold, colourful building.
East Gippsland Shire Council embraced our idea of creating a building that is both contemporary in its materials and colours but also pays homage to the timber post and beam and corrugated iron construction of the region's architectural history. If you haven’t seen it, take a look at the project here.
We have also been involved in several other commercial projects across the region encompassing both upgrade works and new construction, including:
- The new MRI suites at Bairnsdale Regional Hospital and Latrobe Regional Hospitals
- Refurbishment works and new suites at Bairnsdale Regional Hospital and Latrobe Regional Hospitals
- A new Trade Skills Centres for Nagle College, Catholic College Sale and Lavalla Catholic College
- New teaching areas and offices for Federation Training (formerly GippsTAFE).
We have also had the opportunity to work on a broad range of houses for new families moving to the area, retiring couples, empty nesters and holiday houses. We have designed in some fantastic locations throughout East Gippsland and worked with our clients to create homes that capture the amazing views on offer around our beautiful region while maximising the benefits of their locations as well as providing a result that is personally tailored to their lifestyle.
We will be taking a short break this year, returning on Monday the 5th of January.
We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015 from all of us at Slap Architects.
The marina shelter is located on the end of the Kings Cove marina in Metung, is designed to provide both shelter and a point of reference or a landmark.
The form although birdlike with its wings also borrows from the superstructure of a yacht with the mast and rigging. The leading edges of the wings are fine in detail , achieved by setting back the supporting structural ribs from the edges and employing ‘rigging’ as tension guys, expanding on the nautical theme. The form is ‘anchored’ to the site using blockwork screen walls the provide a wind break to the contemplation seat. The steelwork has been treated with a high quality marine paint system. The building is designed to be a landmark from the water as well as from the shore.
“The client wished to capture the water views of Kings Cove to the south and to have a simple yet contemporary house.”
The site is located in the Kings Cove development just before Metung in East Gippsland. The site was originally a vacant site with trees and views to the water to the South.
The house is designed as a simple rectilinear plan with large areas of glass to the South to capture the view and to the North. In addition there are outdoor entertaining areas to the South and North to capture the views and the sun respectively. The building is also designed to be one room wide for its length and as a consequence the majority of the rooms, including the ensuite, capture the views through the trees to the water. The layout also allows natural light to penetrate deeply into the rooms.
The building itself is a composition of boxes that overlap to provide the interior spaces. The exterior of the building uses a simple palette of timber,white bagged brickwork, and painted weatherboards. Timber is used extensively in the interiors with timber floors and ceiling lining, which reflect the materiality of the trees outside. The remainder of the interior uses a restrained pallette so as not to detract from the views.