The greatest design often results from strict constraints. The “Pitched Roof House” as this project by Chenchow Little Architects is affectionately known is a perfectly resolved example of this.
The pitch and opposing trough of the roof and ceiling are the result of strict Australian planning regulations. This interpretation of regulations brings the inverse of the traditional pitched roof into the internal volume, faceting the ceiling plane. This is further highlighted by the black lineal elements folding inside from the exterior.
The triangular geometry of the roof is continued down onto the facades of the house, and became the basis for articulating the openings. The manner in which triangles tessellate has unlocked this building and allowed the envelope to change to suit its constraints: client, climate and neighbours. Having a roofline that dips has given greater solar access to the internal rooms of the building also. The external louvers which provide privacy as well as protection from the sun add a textural layer to the monochromatic skin. This geometry and louver element are hallmarks of Chenchow Little’s work.
Materiality is refined and ornamentation is kept to a minimum allowing these sculptural forms to do the talking. A truly dynamic home.
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