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Pearce Place - Makers of Architecture

Home Details

Land Area
400 m2
Building area
122 m2
Year built
2 bedroom(s), 2 bathroom(s)

Located on an area of gently sloping terrain, this amazing house is sensitively placed on the site to maximize views, sunlight and actively responds to the sites topography.

The home is built with XLam’s Structural Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction on Engineered timber piles using a combination of both corrugated Colorsteel, plywood board and batten cladding materials. The roof structure consists of cantilevered CLT (Twinskin insulated) panels and Colorsteel roofing capable of accommodating solar panels in the future. Using Makers of Architecture’s specially developed prefabricated cladding system, in conjunction with the CLT structure, the building was erected and wrapped with first electrical and plumbing fixtures and completed within 2 weeks.

The house consists of 2 bedrooms (each with respective full bathrooms) an office that is the size of a small bedroom that backs onto a generous open plan living space creating a comfortable 122 sq/m home.

The CLT structure creates a beautiful warm glow inside. The wall surfaces have been finished with a light white wash with floors and ceiling covered with osmo hard wax oil for natural protection and surface resilience. Interior timber framed partition walls were prefabricated being lifted into place while the structure was erected. The framing is mostly non-structural providing future interior flexibility, while also lending itself to the easy installation of plaster board finishing, giving a lovely light and clean contrast against the warm timber.

The house has been designed and fabricated using Makers of Architecture's digitally fabricated construction system, and so too have all of the interior fit outs. This includes the custom made kitchen, laundry, full length laundry bi-folding doors and bathroom vanities. These components have been able to be cut before the building was constructed, just another advantage of the using these digitally fabricated construction methods. On-site measuring is avoided due to the accuracies of construction, allowing the whole building to come together much more quickly than using traditional building techniques.

Flexibility is a fundamental sustainable attribute that Makers of Architecture support. It’s important that our designs and systems accommodate not just current building requirements and client needs, but also the opportunity for future change. Using screw fixings in conjunction with the frictional jointing methods for the assembly of the cassette’s and CLT panels provides a fully flexible design system meaning that it can easily be; unclipped, disassembled, altered, added to, moved, reconstructed or recycled if need be.

The depth of the digitally fabricated cladding cassettes can vary to accommodate any depth of insulation required. The solid wood CLT panels also have significant insulation value because the entire structure is wooden, making it a completely sustainable renewable resource. All wood is locally sourced within New Zealand, and has a zero carbon emission. As stated on XLam’s website (http://www.xlam.co.nz/Sustainability) ; ‘Wood has zero “embodied carbon” (ie the amount of carbon used in the process of manufacturing a building product), all wood used to create the CLT panels is grown and felled within 50km of the XLam factory”. 

All services (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) to the building sit against the exterior CLT surface and are placed within the cassette panels. If the services need to be accessed the cassette panels can be lifted off and the services attended to as required.

While Makers of Architecture engage with technological efficiencies to achieve sustainable results, basic sustainable design principles are also applied to our buildings, allowing them to maintain healthy and stable interior environments. Passive solar design, geographic orientation, ventilation, insulation, plus solar systems such as; integrated solar Photovoltaic panels and Evacuated Solar Hot Water Tubes are included in our schemes. A strong connection with site and the surrounding landscape is an inherent attribute that we respond to in every project, again being sensitive to the site requirements and natural resources.

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