Kyneton House

Kyneton House

Gregory Han
Jan 29, 2010

Name: David Emery, designed by Marcus O'Reilly
Location: Kyneton, Victoria (Australia)

This narrow, long home from Victoria, Australia is notable for two reasons besides its sharp, long eaves and modernist sensibilities: architect Marcus O'Reilly's carefully considered moderation of air flow throughout, taking advantage of subfloor air space and the use of heat deflective material to naturally cool the home without heavy energy requirements. A screened water tank in the front of the property harvests rainwater from the roofs (something we hope to see more of here in the Southwest United States), providing water for the toilets, laundry and garden, making the home a stellar example of green architecture.

From architect Marcus O'Reilly:

This single story house is located on a leafy well established street in Kyneton. While appropriately scaled for the neighbourhood it is a variation on the local typology. Whereas the typical suburban model of a distinct front yard and back yard is the norm in the area, this design focuses the house to a generous north facing outdoor room.

Stretching east to west across the site, the dynamic double skillion roofs provide ample northern light into every room in the house. A central spine between the two roofs splits the house into public and private functions and visually connects the entrance of the home to the sculptural forms of the rear garden. A thickened wall with deep niches for the display of art and random artifacts heightens the experience of passing along the central circulation.

Years ago, the client and Marcus O'Reilly shared a furniture workshop and the pair have collaborated extensively in the past. The longstanding working relationship between the two led to a very smooth, efficient and effective construction process, where both client and Architect were consistently on the same page. The clients ease in understanding the design intent, left time to focus on more intimate detailing such as the fine tapering of the roof eaves, the pocketing doors and exterior cladding systems. The home was beautifully put together by the client, who brought his cabinet making sensibility to the intricately coordinated construction of the home.

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