As one of our loyal followers, we wanted to give you an update of our current and upcoming projects, as well as share our recent awards and news for the end of 2019 and start of 2020!
On the drawing board
NEW PROJECT - HOLOCENE HOUSE
A new project in Manly, Sydney has us excited and ready to explore the concept of an open central natural pool, with pavilions either side. Coined ‘Holocene House’, this project will use new technologies and age old systems to achieve a chemical free natural pool fully integrated to the spatial arrangement of the home, as well as a unique modular canopy system to facilitate plant growth and a roof garden. The concept renders below are part of the process of exploring and communicating this idea with our clients, and working with them to resolve spatial requirements as well as set the material palette and construction system directions as part of the schematic design phase.
DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL - CLOVELLY HOUSE
Approval for our Clovelly House was recently received through the Land and Environment Court. The project is a new home, using a robust material palette to create light-filled spaces throughout, while being sympathetic to the surrounding context. Featuring a swimming pool raised 3 metres out of the ground at the front of the house, the Court ruled that Council's objection to this design element had no substance. Whilst our clients were never in a rush and planned to build in the coming years, the 25 months that it took to get approval after submitting the Development Application to Council highlights a fundamentally broken planning system in NSW. The approval maintains CplusC's 15 year long 100% DA approval record.
FRAMING UP, READY FOR BRICKS - ZEE-HOUSE
Over in McMahon’s Point, Sydney, our ZEE-House is taking shape as the steel framing installation is finalised and the wall and roof framing nears completion. Soon the brickwork will commence, utilising 4000 reclaimed dry pressed bricks as part of the entry wall. Electrical rough-in is also underway and doors and windows will soon be measured on-site to be custom fabricated out of Australian timber by our friends at Windoor. The home includes an 8kW solar panel system, a fully restored late-Victorian terrace house and a 40sqm mural.
What we've been up to...
RECENTLY COMPLETED - STRAWBERRY HOUSE Our Strawberry House wrapped up construction and the clients moved in to their new home in time for Christmas. The twin-terrace property had its street-facing heritage character fully restored, while a new rear living space complete with lower level workshop and lift has been elegantly crafted. A palette of warm natural timber tones and durable steel structure, as well as ample natural light ensures the space will be able to cater to the clients’ needs to serve as their forever home.
RECENTLY COMPLETED - TOTORO HOUSE
Another of our projects finishing construction in 2019, Clinton, Christina and Project Architect Ryan visited Totoro House to celebrate with our very supportive and very happy clients who have settled into their new home and are loving it. Natural slate tones are complemented by a variety of timbers that work with playful natural light to create a space that the family loves full of details and considerations they are still just discovering.
RECENTLY COMPLETED - OYE MI CANTO HOUSE
Settled into their new home, the lovely clients from OyeMiCanto House invited CplusC staff and sub-contractors over to celebrate the completion of the project. This project is an alterations and additions to a typical Sydney terrace house in a heritage conservation area for a growing family, who needed additional bedroom and living spaces to accommodate their needs. OyeMiCanto House includes a new living pavilion behind the existing house front, with a feature corrugated galvanised ceiling that carries light throughout the space. A mural from artist Andrew Dennis spreads through the living space providing a splash of colour to the honest material palette of timbers, concrete and steel.
We are proud to announce that after being nominated as a finalist in the World Architecture Festival's annual awards, Welcome to the Jungle House has received the Highly Commended Prize for the New House category, certifying it as one of the best buildings in the world in 2019. CplusC Directors Clinton and Christina traveled to Amsterdam to present the project to the international jury, and took the opportunity to explore Rotterdam and Amsterdam while there, accompanied by Architectural Project Manager Hayden.
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE HOUSE Highly Commended Category: House Completed
Welcome to the Jungle House Cinematic
Welcome to the Jungle House also recently won the National Sustainability Awards for Single Dwelling (New) and Intelligent Building, and featuring on the cover of Architecture & Design Magazine's Oct-Dec 2019 issue. This is CplusC's second project to take out the National Prize as we did with our Aqua Perma Solar Firma project in 2016.
Welcome to The Jungle House is featured on Dwell!
"If we are to survive the next hundred years, a house must be ‘a machine for sustaining life,’ and it must promote those values in its architectural expression."
"Johnson designed and installed a 4 kW solar PV system with 10 kW hours of battery backup at Sydney’s award-winning Welcome to the Jungle house .... The installation demonstrates integrated sustainability in architectural design while creating an attractive facade and freeing up space for a rooftop garden......."
"With its smooth, flowing surfaces and subtle yet effective lighting, this dramatic bathroom is ideal for children's baths by day and as a spa-like retreat for the owners in the evening..."
Our 2004 Project House In The Bush (given the name Dadiri by its previous owners) is now listed for sale, check out this promotional video by McGrath.
CplusC is a proud major sponsor of the Sydney University Australian National Football Club, and our Director Clinton was their first ever scholarship holder in 1992. More than 30 scholarships are given per year now, but the Clinton Cole Scholar of the Year Award is given to the player who is most successful both on the field and academically. Nick Foster was awarded the Clinton Cole Scholar of the Year Award for 2019 on the back of an outstanding year on the field and in his studies. Congratulations Nick!