Kingston Foreshore House

East West Axis

This project has been designed in response to a very clear and precise brief from clients literate in both design and environmental issues.  They were a pleasure to work with.

The site is located adjacent to Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra in an area set aside by the local Government as an experiment investigating a different planning mode in an effort to increase urban density in the Territory.

Although located on a relatively small block the bones of this site facilitate a building design characterised by an elongated east-west axis. This configuration promotes good solar access which is appropriate for a continental climate and enables the key living areas to be clustered around a private north facing courtyard.

A two-storey void linking the upper and lower levels provides spatial interest especially when combined with the broad connections from the primary living areas to the outdoor room.  The resultant configuration provides for a very liveable house.

The palate of neutral, simple colours and modern semi-commercial materials are successfully gathered up into a simple linear and modernist planar external aesthetic.