Operative roof

Boral Pty Ltd
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Different Pitch - Boral Design Award, 2008
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Boral Roofing's Design Award, A DIFFERENT PITCH, was created to promote innovative, conceptual residential projects that showcase the talents and expertise of Australian architects, and to encourage higher standards in roof design. The participants were required to enter their submission in one of two construction cost categories: $350,000 or under; and between $500,000 and $1,000,000. The award was judged by an esteemed panel of industry commentators including: Andrew Mackenzie, Adam Haddow, Stephen Crafti and Nick Drougas. This competition (entered as a sole designer) was considered as a short-term research project. As a practice-based research project the point was to demonstrate, by testing materials, the possible emergence of innovative design solutions within a realistic context. The design strategy of my scheme is based on the definition of an operative roof. As the main design generator, the roof covers and divides the site. The result is a specific organisation of the internal, external and in-between spaces following a system of programmatic stripes: i.e. leaving area, work spaces, bedrooms, gardens, swimming pool. Partly disconnected of the living spaces below, the folded stripes of the roof provide: different volumes; a protected rooftop (in-between) sun control natural ventilation Product used: Flate Concrete tile, Linea Drift. The two main reasons are: tiles react as a thermal shield and allow two complementary effects: protection from the heat during the day, restitution of the heat during the night; intrinsic properties of the tile: skin texture, smoothness and colour. The use of the material enables: different angles to fold the surfaces of the roof continuous surfaces high quality of reflected light
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