Trellis House – New Life
This special set of six heritage listed Shenton Road terraces once housed Claremont railway workers. Thanks to Fringe Architects a fresh face and new life has been achieved that fits perfectly with its brave clients style and ageing needs.
Tell us a little about this project and your design brief? What where your objectives for this home?
Trellis House was designed to allow its seventy year old owner to live in an established neighbourhood close to her extended family. The interior is filled with the furniture, art and personal belongings that remind her of her landscaped artist husband, whilst also representative of her new found life.
The budget was very tight so we had to make very careful decisions about materials, construction methodology and finishes. The palette is quite raw but complimented by a few refined finishes such as the sky-lit polished plaster wall and Vic Ash Joinery. Overall the space suits the clients vintage furniture, art and lighting as well as being very contextual with the use of the ubiquitous red brick.
What are your favourite features of the project?
The big ‘barn’ doors and the Trellised Roof
What is the conceptual framework of the project?
The core idea of this project was to create + adapt a Victoria semi-detached terrace into a series of spaces for its owner.
The owner brought to the project a large collection of art, sculpture and vintage furniture that once resided in a much larger riverside family home; so the design narrative was to adapt the much smaller terrace to suit her belongings but also to add a new sense of ‘beginning’ to her life.
The idea of the trellis structure as an arbour for flowers was a consistent theme in the artist husband’s work, so this formed the conceptual basis for the plan and section – ie. using a light filled trellised space to organise and capture the various artefacts of her life in a meaningful way.
How does this project exhibit environmental sustainability?
The house achieves a 6.0 star rating under the natHERS environmental rating software. This is largely achieved passively through the orientation of the addition along a north-south axis intersected by glazed skylights and slot windows that filtered the north light into the predominantly south facing addition. East and West parapet walls provide large areas of thermal mass and heat sinks.
South facing Low-E glazed windows reflect heat back into the space during winter months, whilst double hung sashless windows in vertical slots create the cross ventilation through the spaces. Walls and ceilings are insulated with bulk insulation. Furthermore, the house has no external applied finishes – all materials are left as supplied – face common red brick to parapet and planter/garden walls, corten steel, H3 treated LVL roof framing, zincalume roofing and cover flashing and Vic Ash hardwood jambs with clear sealant. So the ongoing lifecycle maintenance costs are minimized.