Chuan Kong Zhu Zhai  perforated house - 穿孔住宅 Perforated House
这是一个翻新项目,场地坐落在联排屋之间,场地只有5.5 x14.4m。

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Chuan Kong Zhu Zhai  perforated house 2 - 穿孔住宅 Perforated House
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Chuan Kong Zhu Zhai  perforated house 3 - 穿孔住宅 Perforated House
This project to us is a platform to establish a critical dialogue within our

built environment; to raise questions as much as it is to finding solutions. The

project is a critique on our cultural attitudes and how we determine them.

A critique on what we consider to be of heritage significance and how to

narrate such ideas in a critical and contemporary manner.

Is the symbolism and the idea more important than the architectural consequence

We challenge the idea that small inner city blocks cannot respond to complex

contextual constraints such as orientation, sustainability, innovative urban infill

planning controls and heritage restrictions. Instead of negotiating with these so

called ‘constraints’, we utilised them as areas of possibility and exploration for our

design processes and discourse.

This once vacant site is nestled at the eastern bookend between a row of

single fronted Victorian terraces and a double fronted Edwardian

weatherboard house. Our strategy was to critique and respond to our ongoing

research into the terrace typology. We concluded that this demand and

attraction for such a housing model has a stronger link with romanticized

nostalgia rather than of good design with the emphasis residing on the

symbolism of the ornamental facade, which dictates “the neighbourhood

character” instead of responding to it.

Our strategy was to break down the elements of the terrace house, and to

critique and respond. Respond to the terrace house’s inability to address solar

orientation, the poor linear program that is constantly remodelled with

predictable repetitive and limited planning to achieve some sort of link

between the active habitable space and the external private open space

and the lack of natural light and ventilation into the house.

Chuan Kong Zhu Zhai  perforated house 4 - 穿孔住宅 Perforated House
The main areas of investigation were Symbolism and Ornamentation, the

Public and Private realm and redefining its boundaries, Solar Orientation,

environmental sustainability and the programming of the plan.

The built form is essentially an urban infill within a very small

5.5×14.4m envelope. The perforated house is our response to

establish an alternative language to the accepted notion of our

cultural attitude towards critical questions of identity and


We were interested in retaining the ‘idea’ and the ‘symbolism’

of the terrace but elevating the gesture to an ironic or even

satirical level to engage in a public debate. The irony is manifested through the

idea that it’s only through the absence of matter, that through perforation; the

idea of the symbol of the terrace house is manifested rather than a physical

reproduction of terrace house.

We wanted the house to be more than just a façade. More than just a message or

a graphic stuck to a building. Our building was not an urban canvas paying tribute

to Venturi’s “decorated shed”, instead the external facade could be experienced

internally and is also a multi functional device that constantly transforms the built

form from solid to void, from private to public, from opaque to translucent. By day

the building is heavy and reflective and by night inverting into a soft translucent

permeable light box. The operable wall or the absence of the façade enabled us

to remove the idea that houses are static.

Chuan Kong Zhu Zhai  perforated house 5 - 穿孔住宅 Perforated House
The use of operable walls, doors curtains and glass walls enables the occupants to

change the experience and environment. This architectural manipulation of space

blurred the boundaries between inside and outside, the public and private realm.

The manipulated spaces overlapped and borrowed the amenity and context of its

surrounding environment. The plan inverts the traditional terrace program with the

active living zones on the first floor opening onto a north facing terrace thereby

generating a primary northerly orientation to a south facing block.

The perforated house incorporates passive sustainable interventions by

orientating north glass bifolds doors and louvers for cross ventilation as the

primary means of cooling. In addition, solar hot water and 5 star rated

sanitary ware fixtures were incorporated. The north facing terrace

redefines the “aussie” backyard reinforced by the childlike mural

reminiscing on a past era and making commentary on the changing

demography of the family unit and ultimately the inner city house typology.

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