East Coast Parkway (Centennial Tree House)

Designed by Wallflower Architecture + Design

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The owner wanted external blank walls. Then talk continued to fixed screens. Center courtyard for light and air. These summed up for them, the tangible facets of an ideal home, a protective enclosure of solitude. Introversion has a negative connotation in a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else. But what is withdrawal to some is energizing for those who thrive on self-reflection and contemplation; life is found within. That fortitude and strength is visually given expression by a hundred year old Frangipani tree literally found within, centered in a large grassed courtyard surrounded with water. The tree was given a new lease of life having been rescued from a Holland Road site slated for new development. True to the owners’ requirements, the facade is entirely sealed off in most areas, and veiled by fixed timber screening in others. The purity of intention to internalise results in a purity of architectural elevation on three sides; there is no yard, opening, back of house, but a pebbled path between a rhythmic timber screen and a lush wall of polyalthias. Visually, the aesthetics exclude both physically and psychologically, but the timber screens along the periphery of the 1st storey allow breezes to comb through, refreshing the sheltered corridors and living spaces. The central court encourages this, acting as both a light and air well. Throughout the day as the environment changes, the breezes shift, the house breathes. The only area where the timber screens can be opened is between the second storey master bedroom and the court. Motors silently fold the screens away, linking the court to the bedroom. The central air and light well is key to the experience and enjoyment of the house through the day as the light shifts, different walls, passages, are literally seen in a different light, or shade or shadow. The centennial tree awakes, basks, and rests; and the surrounding spaces share that experience. The aesthetic encounter is intensified perhaps because there are no distractions from the world outside; Even the world outside is acquired as the sky above is framed by the court and forms part of the spatial composition. The elemental reduction of sky above, water surrounding an island of grass below, all axially centered by the stolid tree distills for the owners what life can and should be; a re-focus on the basics being pure, simple, and celebrated.
The owner wanted external blank walls. Then talk continued to fixed screens. Center courtyard for light and air. These summed up for them, the tangible facets of an ideal home, a protective enclosure of solitude. Introversion has a negative connotation in a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else. But what is withdrawal to some is energizing for those who thrive on self-reflection and contemplation; life is found within. That fortitude and strength is visually given expression by a hundred year old Frangipani tree literally found within, centered in a large grassed courtyard surrounded with water. The tree was given a new lease of life having been rescued from a Holland Road site slated for new development. True to the owners’ requirements, the facade is entirely sealed off in most areas, and veiled by fixed timber screening in others. The purity of intention to internalise results in a purity of architectural elevation on three sides; there is no yard, opening, back of house, but a pebbled path between a rhythmic timber screen and a lush wall of polyalthias. Visually, the aesthetics exclude both physically and psychologically, but the timber screens along the periphery of the 1st storey allow breezes to comb through, refreshing the sheltered corridors and living spaces. The central court encourages this, acting as both a light and air well. Throughout the day as the environment changes, the breezes shift, the house breathes. The only area where the timber screens can be opened is between the second storey master bedroom and the court. Motors silently fold the screens away, linking the court to the bedroom. The central air and light well is key to the experience and enjoyment of the house through the day as the light shifts, different walls, passages, are literally seen in a different light, or shade or shadow. The centennial tree awakes, basks, and rests; and the surrounding spaces share that experience. The aesthetic encounter is intensified perhaps because there are no distractions from the world outside; Even the world outside is acquired as the sky above is framed by the court and forms part of the spatial composition. The elemental reduction of sky above, water surrounding an island of grass below, all axially centered by the stolid tree distills for the owners what life can and should be; a re-focus on the basics being pure, simple, and celebrated.Read MoreHide
Property Type
Landed
Property Status
New
Area Size
780m²
Style
Modern
Renovation Duration
60 weeks
Year of Completion
2012
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About Wallflower Architecture + Design

The essence of design distills virtue out of necessity. It is Wallflower’s philosophy that each project has its unique needs and qualities from which innovative and fresh solutions are revealed. To ensure seamless integration, Wallflower offers total design solutions, fusing urban, architectural, landscape, interior, lighting and furniture needs. Wallflower believes that beauty and cleverness are inseparable in excellent design, the value of which enhances the environment in which we work and live and ultimately, enriches the human experience and spirit.
The essence of design distills virtue out of necessity. It is Wallflower’s philosophy that each project has its unique needs and qualities from which innovative and fresh solutions are revealed. To ensure seamless integration, Wallflower offers total design solutions, fusing urban, architectural, landscape, interior, lighting and furniture needs. Wallflower believes that beauty and cleverness are inseparable in excellent design, the value of which enhances the environment in which we work and live and ultimately, enriches the human experience and spirit.Read MoreHide
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