Stunl Eng .
Architects: Seeley Architects
Location: Anglesea, Australia
Photography: © David Seeley, Zoe Economides
Unadorned materials and simple, pragmatic detailing were used for the construction of the Citriodora house. The site rises moderately from the street, sheltered in the lee of a hill with two neighboring houses close by. A stand of lemon-scented gums occupies the northeast corner of the property, hence the name of the house. The climatic conditions, exposure, and building regulations provided both opportunities and constraints that informed the design material selection and detailing.
The airborne salt spray and wind required special design consideration. As a result, the roof mimics the form of the wind-pruned coastal vegetation.
020 Climate should determine the shape of the roof and the materials used in its construction.
The shape of the house and the materials used reference traditional timber construction and archetypal coastal homes.
021 Adding clerestories to a kitchen can improve the level and distribution of daylight, creating a comfortable working space. Because the light comes from above eye level, glare is not an issue.
022 Kitchen surfaces should be solid, non-porous, and durable. Good sources are sustainably sourced or reclaimed wood or bamboo, stone, tiles, and concrete with recycled content.
The refined aesthetic of the interior is enhanced by slender steel and LVL (laminated veneer lumber) beams, deep overhangs, and large expanses of glass.
023 Consider using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood ceiling panels in the design of your home. Wood panels provide a Class A fire rating and resistance to humidity.