DRAKE BROCKMAN HOUSE

Drake Brockman House- resort style house

A house for all ages, at all times.
The award-winning Drake Brockman property encourages entertaining of all kinds, featuring several zones that can be used in all seasons. The multi-layered pavilion style floor plan is designed around an exquisite inground pool that can be accessed via multiple living spaces.

The internal views to the courtyard and pool are as important as the views to the hills.The courtyard space has been designed to be used as an outdoor room to cater for entertaining. It is protected from the wind and is a strong visual feature from many viewpoints within the dwelling.

Upon meeting the clients, a few key priorities became clear. They required a house that supported multiple generations, both functionally and aesthetically.

An emphasis was placed on sustainability, given the scale of the home; all involved felt it was essential to make it as energy-efficient as possible.

Furthermore, we were encourage by the locale to create a design that complimented and utilised the landscape.

The award-winning Drake Brockman property encourages entertaining of all kinds, featuring several zones that can be used in all seasons. The multi-layered pavilion style floor plan is designed around an exquisite in-ground pool that can be accessed via multiple living spaces. The internal views to the courtyard and pool are as important as the views to the hills.

The courtyard space has been designed to be used as an outdoor room to cater for entertaining. It is protected from the wind and is a strong visual feature from many viewpoints within the dwelling. 

PAVILION DESIGN

By using a series of pavilions as the backbone of the design, it either allows the vast space to open inwards towards the central courtyard or divide into smaller living pods to suit the owners needs. This allows for easy zoning and the consequent ability to close off wings that are not being used.

The most important rooms were placed in premium position with ideal solar orientation and seamless flow to sheltered outdoors spaces.

Clustering the pavilions around a focal point also serves to protect the building against the elements while encouraging different relationships between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

This broken-down scale also allows flexibility for the building to fit comfortably within the topography of being a residence situated within the landscape, not on top of it.

YEAR ROUND LIVING

The inside-outside aspect of modern living is emphasised by a seamless flow from living areas to courtyard spaces, using integrated flow through drain grates allowing on-grade thresholds from house access points.

A luxurious cabana is positioned to the rear of the pool featuring large sliding doors that retract into a wall pocket opening the cabana directly onto the pool. Within the cabana, there is a custom wood fireplace, entertainer’s kitchen with built-in BBQ, beer taps and fridges.

An additional entertaining wing located to the south-east of the property is centred around socialising in a protected environment, whilst still enjoying expansive views across the Brindabella Mountain Range. Included within this wing is a wine cellar, bar and lounge, pool room, gym and private guest quarters. 

ORIENTATION

Of high importance in this project are the spectacular views of the Brindabella Ranges to the south. In addition, rectangular elements facing North on the long side are required to maximise energy efficiency and these key considerations were implemented in the overall conceptual design.

 

ENERGY-EFFICIENCY HEATING

Energy efficient Stiebel heat pumps have been used to provide hot water to the entire residence and supply the hydronic in-slab heating system, which is used to heat the home during the winter. This fully integrated system is also used to stabilise the large outdoor pools temperature in the colder months.

ThermalHEART broken aluminium architectural windows and doors maximise efficiency and comfort within the home. This system offers substantially improved insulation properties for the building, as well as greater resistance to solar heat gain.

 

SOLAR TECHNOLOGY

The Drake Brockman home embraces a wide variety of energy efficient technology, designed with autonomy in mind. Solar technology has been installed on the property’s nearby sheds to leverage their roof space and supplement power to the residence.