Light Saw House / Zen Architects

Light Saw House / Zen Architects

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Melbourne, Australia
  • Architects: Zen Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 225.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016
  • Photographs Photographs: Derek Swalwell
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Eco Timber, Metal Cladding Systems, Pickering Joinery
  • Builder

    Philip Building Group
  • Engineer

    Keith Patrick and Associates
  • Landscaping

    Eckersley Garden Architecture
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© Derek Swalwell
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Text description provided by the architects. Our Light Saw House represents a contemporary, design based solution to sustainable architecture.

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

Built upon an existing double fronted Edwardian weatherboard, our clients sought a local architectural response to a property they had owned for some time, but not lived in for 15 years whilst overseas.

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

To accomplish the project requirements, the original house was retained, but retro-fit in such a way as to exceed current building standards. A compact extension to the rear addresses the need to bring light and warmth over the top of the existing house. The volumes created allow the compact floor plan to feel generous and in proportion to the original house while simultaneously allowing for garden views from all new rooms.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Recycled or recyclable materials are preferenced throughout. Existing external brick paving, paths and garden beds were salvaged and re-imagined internally to connect the garden to the wet areas. Key trees, retained and protected during construction, now thrive within a newly landscaped environment

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

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Cite: "Light Saw House / Zen Architects" 21 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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