Friday, 17 January 2020

Leura mountain home

Here's another job that also kept us busy last year. Our "island" job in Leura.

After a year an a half negotiating with planning officers for a design solution the good bergers decided to ignore their internal advice and refused our DA for political reasons. More votes in that direction... lot's of misinformed hysteria around this in the local populace.

Here's our response that's being taken to the Land & Environment Court. Echos of "mountain" style in a plan form that's reminiscent of grand old guest homes.

LEC is always a lottery even with a good design but it at least brings the assessment back to considered merit rather than vexatious grandstanding. Clients need patience and deep pockets, sadly with no guarantees.

It's been one of the biggest design challenges we've faced and even though it's been a pain in many ways it's also been exciting to work on.



north eastern view. folded roof forms and western red cedar lining, stone base

north western view. feature entry area

western view. deep verandahs to mitigate summer sun

southern view. heavily landscaped screen
elevations. as disciplined as we could make them
plan shows dominance of landscaping in the design

Monday, 13 January 2020

Eden final

After many adjustments and enough reports to sink a ship we finally got this beast into council for DA. A bit more finesse on the facades and shapes. Compliant with all LEP controls and most of the DCP ones. Fingers crossed they don't give us too hard a time during the assessment.


corner of eden and burrows streets

rear view from butterworth lane


view from eden street

view from burrows street

roof deck as common open area


solar panels work as shade for decks

view of roof deck

aerial view from the rear

ground floor

typical lower levels


NE elevation

cross section