The “Z House” situated in 58 Teneriffe Drive, Newstead Australia. Designed by Donovan Hill architects, this house building form is modelled on the hillside generally with all its precariousness and clambering characteristics. It harmlessly towers above its northern neighbour in a very Brisbane way. It offers abstracted gravel terraces to those who overlook from the south. The site boundaries are deliberately undeliniated to allow the hillside vegetation to sluice about. Structural single skin brickwork required engineering, manufacturer and contractor support
Comfortable environmental conditions are anticipated by relying on optimal building orientation, thermal mass developing by being ‘against’ and ‘under’ the earth, cooling from adjustable cross ventilation and centralising a micro climate. Intensive, deliberate shade planting, festooned creepers, tectonic floral pieces and protective trellising are additionally heaped into the composition to further finesse the building’s environmental performance and patination.
In this way the weathering materials and detailing of the building, the deployment of the ventilation using picturesque openings, and the contrived landscape form and plantings are combined. The planning scheme, protecting roof and self weathering materials should not require much energy to change or renew the building over time. – Photos by John Linkins and Sam Thiess