Batman House – Design Triggers

01 July 2016 /

Vivid memories of the 1st site visit mid-winter on an overcast day. Design brief in hand as well as the “not so great” Soil Test report.

My 1st reference stakes defined Magnetic North and when the clouds broke open there it was, sun reflecting on the distant landmark, Batman Bridge.

This became the design trigger and the 2nd alignment of reference stakes position.

The design strings the main living volume off the large inclined structural steel columns with Ronstan tension stainless steel rods which allows the cantilevered form to effortlessly project towards the bridge and defies the aesthetic using the heavy thermal mass concrete floor for free passive solar gain.

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