The clients have owned this property for almost 20 years, living here part-time when not in Sydney. Their brief for JJA was to design a house for them to eventually retire to, flexible enough to be able to cater for just 2 people, or the extended family or friends.
The site has a spectacular outlook. The house was designed to maximise on this view, with the roof gradually pitching up towards a landscape feature known as the The Point to the north-east. The micro-climate of the site informed the design from the beginning - prevailing cooling afternoon breezes in contrast to fierce storms coming up the valley.
Modelmaking is an important part of the sketch design process at JJA. Ideas and building forms are tested in three-dimensions with models.
Once the sketch design process is complete, the chosen option is further developed. During this stage, there is much discussion between client and architect, often with consultant input, about the building form. We look at building materials, structure and detailed planning issues, always with reference back to the budget. For a private residence, the more JJA can learn about how a client lives, the better.
These are examples of design development drawings produced by JJA. Once the client signs off on this stage, we then proceed to Development Application.