Feng Shui House / Steffen Welsch Architects

first_img Photographs Feng Shui House / Steffen Welsch ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFeng Shui House / Steffen Welsch Architects “COPY” Architects: Steffen Welsch Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Area:  134 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Feng Shui House / Steffen Welsch Architects 2020 Manufacturers: Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH), Colorbond, Weathertex, Osmo Polyx Oils, Urban Edge CeramicsSave this picture!© Shannon McGrathRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. The practice of Feng Shui finds its origins in China, going back about 6,000 years. It literally translates to “wind and water” and is a concept aiming to design and plan buildings and their surroundings for harmony and happiness. Feng Shui calls on you to organise objects to allow for the flow of what is referred to as natural energy seen as moving through a space and all living things. In this context it is understood that a building’s layout, colours and materials affect the flow of energy.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathFeng Sui design applies three core principles: allow energy to flow, balance between natural elements with their own sets of attributes including colour, texture and shape, and place objects that represent your life’s journey within a space. To a Westerner only vaguely familiar with some of the specific theories and ideas, there is a surprising correlation between Feng Shui and what we would call “good design”: sun light access, air and ventilation, balance of natural light, equal relationship between inside and out, comfort and privacy, balance of materials, a well organised environment.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathSave this picture!© Shannon McGrath The old terrace house was restored, a new curved timber wall at the end of the hallway works as both a link between old and new and a barrier to the street. The extension is separated with a courtyard for sunlight into the old, and natural light and ventilation into the new house. The hall linking terrace with extension was widened for a study with outdoor access. The curved timber wall, enclosing a store, leads into the kitchen planned to greet visitors at arrival and overlooking the courtyard and study.Save this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!SectionBehind the store, a stair void appears. The back is coloured reflecting light into space below. Colour and materials only reveal themselves gradually, a design move often applied by Mexican architect Louis Barragan and one of my favourites. Between stair and kitchen, we placed the dining room, a busy, engaging, and open space, designed to encourage conversation.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThe lounge room walls were skewed and stretched, drawing sunlight and garden into the dining room. The stairwell itself forms a large void prioritising space over utilities. It appears oversized. However, the benefits are obvious: elevated beyond providing access, the stair creates a light-filled and generous living space on a small footprint.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThe timber floor of the dining continues into the ceiling of the adjacent lounge, a retreat with a sense of calmness looking back into the house, courtyard, and out into the garden. The upstairs rooms, more exposed to sun, wind, and rain are formed and finished to achieve a balance between shelter from elements and exploring views into the distance.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThe best form of interaction is coincidental and the skill lies in planning the coincidence. Some layout and design decisions were made for this purpose evident in the brick platforms for seats facing dining space or lounge to allow for interaction. Like any building project, the Feng Shui house aims to balance user needs with cost, both financial and environmental.To build climate-conscious requires building less, and in order to be accepted, we need to build better qualities with lesser means. We trust this has been achieved by applying principles of balance, meticulous planning, and playing with space and scale.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathProject gallerySee allShow lessAvlakia House / ARP – Architecture Research PracticeSelected ProjectsMH Office / Gendai SekkeiSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952654/feng-shui-house-steffen-welsch-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952654/feng-shui-house-steffen-welsch-architects Clipboardcenter_img Houses CopyHouses•Melbourne, Australia Photographs:  Shannon McGrath Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  Save this picture!© Shannon McGrath+ 24Curated by Paula Pintos Share Projects ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeSteffen Welsch ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on December 04, 2020Cite: “Feng Shui House / Steffen Welsch Architects” 04 Dec 2020. 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