Australia's Answer to Palm Springs' iconic Kaufmann House

Australia’s Answer to Palm Springs’ iconic Kaufmann House


The very first matter you will see when getting into the gates at ‘Onedin’, is a desert-design garden setting the tone for the mid-century encouraged household to appear. The property is relatively very simple in type, with a related facade to the the renowned Kaufmann House (1946) in Palm Springs, California, but the scale and hardworking substance palette helps make its significance immediately evident. ‘The mixture of material, variety and architectural expression mix below in a way that is uncommon for us to realize on anything at all other than a substantial block with a considerable price range,’ states Shaun Lockyer, director of Shaun Lockyer Architects

The temporary was to produce a timeless and partaking piece of contemporary architecture to serve as a relatives residence, and repository for the client’s comprehensive artwork selection. Driving the aesthetics was the owner’s like of concrete and stone. ‘The get the job done of the Brazilian modernists, moreover Richard Neutra, and a quantity of North American modernists, were substantial,’ says Shaun. 

An interplay of horizontal and vertical forms and volumes, with a compositional participate in of light and significant elements, was built for the facade. The floorplan was then conceived as three different wings all around a central courtyard, framed by a long stone wall.

In the major living room is the biggest void in the dwelling, punctuated by a skylight described by Shaun as offering the concrete a ‘sense of lightness and even tension, as the shafts of light-weight animate the room.’

When Shaun’s staff is used to working with concrete, he admits this undertaking tested even their capabilities. ‘Being significantly off-variety concrete, obtaining the element and execution dealt with effectively was massively tough,’ he states. ‘It is a very unforgiving design and style to establish, so the time was taken to properly document each millimetre. Extremely couple changes were being made on site.’ 

Shaun Lockyer Architects have made numerous substantial scale properties, but they recognise Onedin as a single of their landmark assignments. ‘This is a extremely web-site-unique layout, along with a brief that presented a exceptional opportunity to check out architectural variety,’ says Shaun. The architects would like to credit the ‘extraordinary team of builders, consultants and subcontractors’, specially CGH Constructions, for bringing this layout to existence. Shaun states, ‘This could seem to be like an evident place to make in the architectural world, [but] it is unusual to have this amount of collaboration, assistance and common vision toward a one concept.’



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