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Bethanga House / t UG workshop

  • 01:00 - 29 July, 2014
Bethanga House / t UG workshop
Bethanga House  /  t UG workshop, © Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

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  • Design/Project Architect

    Michael Markham
  • Architectural Assistant

    James Jamison
  • Environmental/Glazing Engineer

    Peter Steudle
  • Structural Engineering

    Tim Hall & Associates
  • Landscape Artist

    Kevin O’Brien Architects
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Anthony Prowse & Associates
  • Lighting Consultant

    Richmond Lighting
  • Geotechnical

    AS James Pty Ltd / Coffey Geotechnics
  • Land Surveyor

    Walpole Surveying
  • Principal Contractor

    Scott James Builder Pty Ltd
  • Cost

    AUD$2,640/sqm
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© Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

Text description provided by the architects. Encampment

The site is located on the shore of Lake Hume, an artificial agricultural water body created in 1936 at the base of the Australian Alps.

© Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

The new house is the owner’s primary dwelling. The owner announced his idea in 2004. “A low energy house, before the end of the decade,,,and the other things.” tUG developed a first principle solution to the problem of the idea – a concrete interior to act as a moderating radiator.

© Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

The House has an attic bedroom over a basement wine cellar with a ground floor, not between, but beside. Eating, Cooking and Drinking occur in a single triangular space.

© Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

In the centre is a courtyard (Kopor) designed by the Indigenous Artist Kevin O’Brien. The house U-turns around Kopor (trans. Belly Button – Language of Meriam Mir, Torres Strait) in acceptance that dwelling in Australia occurs in de-ritualised Country.

© Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

Kopor is made of rock (Beechworth Granite) cut from Country – weathering iron-oxide amber. Kopor momentarily touches reflectively the panorama in a triangle window eliminating in-between land (farm) to make a place only near and far.

© Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

Environmental Statement

The building was designed to be energy efficient by avoiding orthodox Australian construction techniques (massive thermal bridges) - instead it Aggregates Masonry as a Platform dressed with an Isothermic Shell forming a tent and with Infiltration Sealing toward Passivehaus Standards.

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Cite: "Bethanga House / t UG workshop" 29 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/530031/bethanga-house-t-ug-workshop/> ISSN 0719-8884