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Pavilion Residence, Hobart, Tasmania: The double pavilion and courtyard home is passive solar and designed for flexible use to meet changing life-cycle needs. Energy efficient ESD includes recycled timbers and bricks.

From “nesting” to “empty nester” – flexible home design

So just what is the ideal brief for a family home? Think of the demands placed on an everyday home as a typical family follows its trajectory through life. While the requirement for shelter remains, desirable interpersonal levels of privacy and connection change dramatically. Relationship needs can quickly morph from two-person intimacy, to group living with early child–parent dependency, close supervision and contact, to life with teenagers when increasing individual privacy and personal space become paramount whilst retaining opportunity for core family activities. Later there is the adjustment to life as an “empty nester”, retirement, and possibly taking in an ageing parent or even a care-giver if one wants to age in place.

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19 April 2018

A social heart, a sunny nook, and a room flowing into the view.

A social heart, a sunny nook, and a room flowing into the view

With this small project we and our clients achieved far more than a kitchen upgrade, creating a social heart, a sunny nook, and a strong connection to their home’s spectacular setting with its changing seasonal and atmospheric views and passing maritime activity on the River Derwent below.

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5 April 2018

White Gum Wool, Oatlands, Tasmania: The off-grid energy efficient farmhouse has photovoltaic power and solar hot water. Hydronic floor heating and passive solar design features ensure constant year round temperature comfort.

Off-grid and unconventional

This is no conventional farm house. Perched on the edge of a gully, it overlooks near and far distant pastures where our client shepherds her sheep in traditional manner, to produce fine, naturally dyed knitting wools for world-wide export. Tasmania, we have learnt, has the most unusual and remarkably talented inhabitants. As architects we are privileged to meet and work with many, in this case, a scientist turned wool-grower, who farms sustainably without chemicals and who has a deep understanding of her land, its vegetation, the climate, her sheep and her working dogs.

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27 March 2018

We wish you a wonderful festive season and new year 2018 from us all at Morrison & Breytenbach Architects!

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…

The desire to host a family Christmas in a new home, the turkey and ham in the oven and relatives descended from near and far to enjoy the setting, often determines a client’s program at the start of a residential commission. Likewise retail, hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation projects rely on timely readiness for trading through Christmas and into the New Year. The pre-Christmas shut down period is a silly season in more ways than one, as we, along with the entire building industry, scramble to meet our deadlines!

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20 December 2017

House Rumsey: 3D working model illustrating interplay of form, massing, contrasting scale and spatial enclosure, wall planes and openings, indoor–outdoor relationships and movement flow, with levels and placement determined by the site topography.

The seduction of models

It is not unusual for a Morrison & Breytenbach Architects team to construct a little cardboard scale model only to rip off its roof, cut down or rebuild walls and modify its openings during the course of the development of a design. Even after all these years in practice we find that there is a time during our design process when we benefit from design exploration through rudimentary model building.

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8 December 2017