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Architecture July, 12 2013

Croft by James Stockwell

Along the south coast of Victoria, Australia near Inverloch, the Croft house by James Stockwell forms a protected garden from which peripheral vision of the sea and sky is permitted by tapered facades. The design process adopts the 1950s modernist philosophy of “plastic integrity” as well as the concept of architecture as a field of energies and flows. The form of the house distorts mathematical and structural curves to achieve the interior purpose. The adopted geometry and composition of three sine curves means details are achievable with two dimensional radii.

Both concave and convex roof surfaces are two dimensional planes and constructed from conventional battens and rafters and corrugated metal. The small material pallet of grey metal and concrete blends with the muted shale geology. The protective exterior is warmed internally by compressed sand thermal mass walls as a fragment of distant sand dunes. The interior structure and joinery is of Vic ash timber and wet areas in bluestone, all Victorian supplied.

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