Australia has its share of fantastic residential architecture that continues to grow – one example is the Banya House in Brisbane. Reached via a driveway in between grassy lawns, the modern residential construction opens to the street by displaying its complex facade featuring a welcoming vertical entrance behind the covered gate. Arranged around a central courtyard, living zones were capable to offer an almost seamless connection to the outdoor space. Making use of sliding glass walls, architects of Brisbane-based TONIC studio designed a light-filled house that can also be adapted to suit a multitude of potential occupants. A long, sculptural red and black kitchen counter stretches to shape the kitchen and continues with a living space highlighted with red seating. On the other side of the kitchen, the dining room ca easily be extended outside and towards the outdoor BBQ across the covered terrace. Upstairs spaces are private but have the same transparency visually linking to the central courtyard – a glass railing system creates a terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Imagining the luxurious house as a comfortable, stylish collection of transformable spaces, architects have designed a welcoming plot of land shining from dusk till dawn.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts