Cowper Street House
Location | Ainslie, ACT
Date completed | April 2013
EER | 7.5 stars
Area | 188 m²
Builder | Jigsaw Housing
Images | Rod Vargas
Heritage references found in the new
In response to these challenges, we created a contemporary four-bedroom home that’s highly responsive to its historically significant site, sitting comfortably on a street of 1940s era houses.
The steeply pitched roof, painted brick, and timber panels echo the materials palette of neighbouring homes, while the dark blue steel of the roof and northern façade references the nearby ‘Beaufort House’ – the only example in Canberra of these post-war, prefabricated steel homes.
The contained entry space evokes the sense of older houses in the area, but from there the home is entirely modern in feel. Raked ceilings soar above the open plan living spaces, and large glass sliding doors open the home to the northern sun.
A sunken lounge features a double-faced brick fireplace, and the window seat, one of the many integrated storage elements, looks out to the leafy street and park views.
Windows in bedrooms are strategically placed to balance the benefits of the northerly aspect – which faces on to a public laneway – with the need for privacy.
4 bed, 2 living & 2 bath
859 m² flat site with orientation of north to the side
Complies with strict heritage regulations and designed to overcome overland storm water issues
Raked ceiling to main living area with two-way fireplace and sunken lounge
Customised joinery including robes, separate study and loft storage in garage
Floor finishes include; timber, tiles and carpet
Northern facing pergola and entertainment area
Tailored to the site and designed to our client’s brief and budget
Gas fired hydronic heating
Ceiling fans for cooling
PVC double-glazed tilt + turn windows
European foldaway doors allowing complete connection between indoors and out
Thermal mass of slab used to regulate internal temperatures
High levels of insulation in walls + ceilings
R1 insulation to slab edge + underside
5,000 litre water tank
Evacuated tube solar hot water