7/22/2013

Croft House


Along the South coast of Victoria near Inverloch, Australia the geography turns away from the prevailing wind.  Croft House forms a protected garden from which peripheral vision of the sea and sky is permitted by tapered facades.




Architect James Stockwell looks at the core idea of shelter in an exposed environment, designing the shelter to contain all the necessary activities of domestic life in an un-compromised way. The activities are enhanced by participating in the whole, and each yields to the other to a much greater extent.  It is shielding, robust and embracing.



It sets out primarily to achieve the expectations of the owners.  The structure has been adopted by the local community as a contemporary but contextual solution for its prominent location.  it reinforces the language of the rural context of corrugated iron and purposefulness and has been widely embraced.



The small material pallet of grey metal and concrete blends with the muted shale geology.  The protective exterior is warmed internally by compressed sand thermal mass walls as a fragment of distant sand dunes.  the interior structure and joinery is of Vic ash timber and wet areas in bluestone, all Victorian supplied.



The form of the house distorts mathematical and structural curves to achieve form.  The adopted geometry and composition of three sine curves means details are achievable with 2 dimensional radii.  Both concave and convex roof surfaces are 2 dimensional planes and constructed from conventional battens and rafters and corrugated metal.  Softwood scissors trusses were erected in 2 days on 'in plan' arch ring beams of laminated timber braced by the remnant buttresses.  Laminated timber beams most aptly suited the formation of the sine curve form of the building courtyard shape, the natural curve of material ductility.