A new building in Australia with a practical sun protection system: this is how the Screen House in Camberwell can be described. The talented architects at Warc Studio Architects were tasked with maximizing the living space of an existing old building. What began as a simple extension project then turned into a complete modernization of the house including new sun protection. The architects have therefore built an innovative system consisting of a wooden pergola and wooden blinds with electrical controls. The wooden panels surround the house and can shield individual areas or entire walls if necessary. We take you on a virtual tour and explain the concept in detail.
Wooden pergola: privacy and sun protection for the city villa
Located in a densely populated area in Camberwell, Australia, the old building was in dire need of modernization. Not only did the building have to be renovated – the available living space was simply no longer sufficient for the extended family. The architects proposed an extension as a functional space solution. A spacious living area with kitchen and dining area will be housed in the new building volume. The communication center creates a connection to the old building, where the bedrooms are now, and creates a seamless transition between inside and outside. Its glazed fronts and skylights allow enough light into the room even in bad weather.
The living area consists of a kitchen with adjoining dining area in a purist style. So that the contemporary kitchen cabinets in white and the kitchen island with its simple design language do not appear too cool, individual elements were made from local wood. Instead of installing a kitchen rear wall made of glass, the architects opted for tiles. The dining table with metal legs together with the vintage chairs set exciting accents in the room.
A modern cabinet system offers sufficient storage space for kitchen accessories, seat cushions for garden chairs, children’s toys and much more. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open the living area to the adjoining terrace and offer a distant view of the pool.
In the living area, the kitchen and dining area turn into a comfortable lounge corner with a corner sofa, fireplace and a window sill. So the family can sit down in front of the fireplace on rainy days and relax on the gray sofa. A tone-on-tone carpet and a black coffee table complete the lounge program.
Right next to the fireplace there is enough free space for a TV cabinet, an armchair with a leather stool and a comfortable bench with storage space by the window. It is ideally suited for a cozy reading corner, but also offers sufficient support surface for the children’s toys. The view of the garden, where native deciduous trees and shrubs are planted, relaxes the senses.
The materials that were used in the living room are selected in accordance with the facade design. Wood, leather and cotton form an attractive ensemble in a purist style. The neutral color palette makes the room appear larger and creates a cozy ambience.
In addition to the classic gray, which is presented in several nuances – from dove gray to anthracite, the non-colors black and white can also be found in the room. The trendy camel color and muted yellow nuances add splashes of color and set subtle accents.
Wooden pergola blends harmoniously into the facade design
The facade of the building volume is clad with electrically controlled wooden panels. On warm summer days, they protect the living area from the strong rays of the sun. On cool days, they can be pushed aside and let plenty of light into the room. In the evening, they screen the family’s private area from prying eyes. The wooden pergola casts cooling shadows over the outdoor dining area – so nothing stands in the way of pleasant afternoons with friends.
A project by WARC Studio