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California Dreaming / Bild Architecture

  • 01:00 - 27 March, 2012
California Dreaming / Bild Architecture
California Dreaming / Bild Architecture, © Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

© Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
  • Project Team

    Ben Milbourne, Haslet Grounds, Alison Stout
  • Builder

    Max Newman Building
  • Area

    235.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. California Dreaming is one of a continuing series of projects exploring adaptations of Australian suburban typologies to contemporary housing requirements. Located in an area of inner-urban Launceston originally developed with inter-war ‘California Bungalow’ type housing, the project adapts and co-ops this typology to contemporary living styles and expectations for a pair of duplex residential units.

© Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

Unfashionable for many years this area of the city lay dormant after its initial wave of development, preserving an enclave of inter-war speculative housing. However in recent years, with sudden gentrification, the area has seen a new wave of housing occupying the abundant infill opportunities. These new occupants, reflective of contemporary ways of living and ways of building sit in stark contrast with the area’s original houses.

© Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

The area’s original houses were often indiscriminately placed on the site; with little consideration or adaption to the sites orientation, topography or street address. The project takes the California Bungalow typology as a point of departure, progressively adapting it to the specific site conditions; sheering the floor plate vertically to minimise cut & fill, slipping it horizontally to address the street crossover and provide northern oriented private open spaces, and finally extending and wrapping the signature double-gable roof form around the building to provide maximum exposure to northern light in winter, while shielding the interior spaces from the summer sun & western light in the afternoons.

© Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

While the project formally adapts the California Bungalow type and consciously responds to its neighbours, the plan and programmatic response departs from the reference typology. California Dreaming centralises ‘core’ service program (kitchen/bathroom and laundry), pushing habitable program to the perimeter with ample access to natural light and strong connections to the exterior.

context mapping
context mapping

The units are mirrored in plan with the northern orientated living spaces provided with expansive retractable glazed doors, opening out onto private balcony/courtyard the northern views down the valley and across the city. The ‘core’ acts as a spatial catalyst defining the shape and size of the surrounding habitable rooms, while sliding panels alternatively separate spaces into discrete rooms, or retract to form a fluid continuous space where programs are flexible and loosely defined.

elevations
elevations

California Dreaming is a consciously Tasmanian project responding to the emerging conditions and needs of contemporary infill housing in many of Tasmania’s inner urban areas. The project synthesizes contemporary expectations for space, light and environmental performance, with the urban presence of an established neighbourhood character. California Dreaming sits in its street scape as something familiar yet alien, an uncanny presence, distinct from both the area’s new housing and the suburbs original occupants, yet familiar and linked to both.

© Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne
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James · March 29, 2012

Grew up near Launceston, seem quite small units for the surubs, and a little confused by the moving divider between the bedrooms, generally seems pretty small and odd layout.

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