Brick & Gable House

Rawsonville | Concept Proposal | Unbuilt | 2017

The client – a printmaker and artist – envisioned a compact flexible artist studio and one-bedroom house which can grow to a three-bedroom house over time. The upstairs studio can also be as a rentable room, where the internal visual connection between studio and living space can be either opened or closed for privacy. To maximise hanging space for artwork, floor and high level windows run along the west façade to free up wall space.

The design merges the client’s fascination for intricate face-brick patterns, brise-solei walls, and the end-gables of vernacular Cape Dutch architecture with his liking of minimalism and South-east Asian spaces. This is captured in brise-solei brick moveable shutters for shading and privacy, and a play and iteration of the size and character of the multiple end gables.