Landscape Design: Tim Nicholas
Tim Nicholas Landscape Architect
Photography: John Gollings
John Gollings Photography, Australia
fishing shacks whilst the less significant built fabric remaining in the seaside town is progressively
being redeveloped and architecture is now significantly contributing to the evolution of this small
In this case a young family engaged JCB to design their new permanent residence which would
replace a dilapidated 1950’s two storey house that was beyond repair. A sculptural building form
emerged from the client’s brief which jokingly requested a planetarium as an inclusion. In
response we immediately engaged in the exploration of circular forms as a loose reference to the
traditional star gazer. The brief was challenged by the inherent constraints of the pure circle and
the design concepts eventually evolved to become a series of sprawling spaces nestled under a
primarily circular form.
The sculptural form of building was primarily conceived to immerse itself over time as a natural
extension of the surrounding Ti-tree dominated landscape. The semi transparent front fence
intentionally blurs the distinction between built form and landscape. The fence departs from the
traditional boundary condition by folding and thrusting itself back onto the site to become part of
the skin, wrapping the building in a protective layer and then returning to ground to re-engage
with the rear boundary.
The battened skin provides important solar protection to double glazed windows and provides
necessary privacy to private spaces in the upper form. Further ESD strategies include Solar Hot
water Systems, Solar Pool Heating, Rainwater harvesting (for toilet, garden and washing machine
use), high performance double glazing and under floor heating. Air-conditioning systems were not
required on the basis that the house achieved a 7.5 star energy rating.