| 14 : 00 – 22 September 2018 |
Brise Soleil House in Port Moresby by Studio Workshop features a wave-like undulating timber screen inspired from local craftsmanship.
Located at a scenic site overlooking the cargo terminal near port harbour, the 2-bedroom residence is perched on a steep block. The house is a cast-in-situ concrete structure which has two floors housing the residential amenities. A garden entrance leads one to the ground floor space which has a open hall across a water body.
Garden entrance to the ground floor
The window along the pool serves as a frame for breathtaking views of the coast. Staircase on the ground leads to living, dining and master suite above whose exterior facade boasts the timber brise soleil. An added benefit of the timber brise soleil is the effect of light on the interior: its shape gives off a pleasant, dappled effect on the natural light that shines through it.
Operable windows and screen open to the ocean view
Ocean-view from the ground floor
From the Architects –
The Brise Soleil House is a compact 2-bedroom, 173 sq.m. dwelling situated at the top of a steep, west-facing block. The stunning home is near Port Moresby Harbour overlooking a former cargo terminal.
Night view – Brise Soleil house
Cast-in-situ building perched on a steep block
The house is a cast-in-situ concrete building partially clad in an undulating wave-like timber wrapper. It provides shading, privacy, and ventilation to the master suite. The wrapper flattens as it continues around the building to become a full-height operable screen for the upper level gallery. This assist’s to control the western sun and capture views to the Coral Sea beyond.
Section of the House
Wave-like timber screen wraps around the windows on upper floor
Inspiration of wrapper –
From a design perspective, the wrapper pays homage to local traditions of timber craftsmanship seen in the lowland stilt houses and intricately carved canoes (lakatoi). This craftsmanship utilizes a system of complex joints and a high degree of surface articulation.
Computer analysis and diagram of the timber screen components
But it does so through a digital lens; updated to address the capabilities of contemporary software and hardware tools. It’s able manage complex systems and to mass-customize intricate geometries with embedded assembly logics.
Ground floor plan
Furthermore, the design of the wrapper engages a broader discussion of screens and veils in equatorial architecture found in the canon of Modern and 20th century works by Ossipoff, Ferrie, Rudolf, and others.
Living room across the openable timber screen
Construction and installation of wrapper –
The wrapper and doors are constructed from 50 X 50 mm rough-sawn acetylated pine timber which is glued and doweled at digitally-executed complex half-lap joints. The wrapper and doors, with a total area of over 80 square meters, contain over 2200 pieces in total and over 700 unique pieces with CNC milled half-lap joints, often on both ends.
Screen across the master bedroom
All milling, joining, finishing, and assembly into panels took place at the designers’ workshop on the Gold Coast of Australia. It was further shipped via container to Papua New Guinea for installation. The entire assembly has been organized as a system of seamless 1200 mm panels and doors.
Cutting, milling, assembly an installation journey of timber screen
This served not only to aid in transportation and erection, but also to minimize the need for skilled labor on-site. Though each panel was unique the installation method was identical. It took approximately 2 days for a crew of 3 laborers working exclusively by hand on scaffolding. The 8 door panels were similarly installed in one day.
Assembly of screen on site
View of living, dining and kitchen space from master bedroom
Project details –
Project Name – Brise Soleil House
Location – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (Lat -9.473219199999999, Long 147.1548636)
Architect Firm – Studio Workshop | www.studioworkshop.com.au
Design team – Rory Spence, Jonathan Nelson, Chris Knapp, Joel Hutchines
Project type – Residence, Family house
Photography – © Peter Bennetts | www.peterbennetts.com
Completion Year – 2017
Construction Area – 173 sq. m.
Builder – Cyril Duffy
Engineer – Stocks And Partners
Green Roof – Balance Enviro Solutions
Joiner – LNA Joinery + Studio Workshop
Concreting – Conform Civil