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St Andrews Bach by Wolveridge Architects

St Andrews Bach by Wolveridge Architects

Project: St Andrews Bach
Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Builder: Everclear Constructions
Engineer: R. Bliem & Associates
Landscape architect: Bob Barton Landscape Architect
Location: Victoria, Australia
Completed 2020
Photographer: Dianna Snape

Our Clients approached our studio expressing a love for the ‘Bach’ (pronounced ‘batch’), a super-small footprint holiday home type, common in New Zealand.

At a tiny 105 square meters of internal area, the St Andrews Bach project was in essence an exercise of restraint. Paring back a tree retreat down to the minimum requirements, building less and therefore enjoying more of the existing dense vegetation of the 5000sqm site.

St Andrews Bach by Wolveridge Architects

St Andrews Bach by Wolveridge Architects

While much of the siting was somewhat pre-determined by bushfire constraints, orientation was much more flexible. The main built form was positioned for optimal solar gains and maximum privacy from a driveway that is shared with neighbours. With no air conditioning, all areas were designed to incorporate at least two opposing windows, tuned for cross ventilation. With the exception of a low slot window for a seated view out to the tree canopy, openings to the western façade were avoided, excluding the hot afternoon sun.

St Andrews Bach by Wolveridge Architects

dining room, kitchen, Wolveridge Architects

St Andrews Bach by Wolveridge Architects

kitchen, Wolveridge Architects

living room, Wolveridge Architects

St Andrews Bach by Wolveridge Architects

shower

St Andrews Bach by Wolveridge Architects

St Andrews Bach by Wolveridge Architects

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