Original Article posted on Domain on October 20, 2015
Click to go to full article - Grand Designs steel house throws away the rule book
Scottish-born Sydney-based advertising creative Scott Lawrie, who has a fine arts background, drew his architectural inspiration from a sculpture by Gemma Smith.
Lawrie says he liked the way the form of the sculpture changed as he walked around it.
“I thought, what if I could get a house that looked like this – a house that would change as you walked around,” he says.
He told me the roof and walls would all be metal and that’s when it became a piece of sculpture. - Owner, Scott Lawrie
“I told Paul to make me nervous when he came back with the designs, and he did. But then he told me the roof and walls would all be metal and that’s when it became a piece of sculpture.”
Clarke’s design wrapped the roof and sides of the steel-framed house in stainless steel, while providing a dark-stained cedar front entry and a fully glazed wall and sliding doors at the rear to maximise the view.
The unconventional shape created the third drama – the challenge of a build where no angles were regular, the walls sloped and nothing was square. Because the house needed to be strong enough to withstand gale-force winds, almost four tonnes of steel was required for the framing.