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Manmade gorge splits spectacular Iron Maiden House in two

Manmade gorge splits spectacul...
The Iron Maiden House was completed this year, and has since made the shortlist for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards and the 2018 Houses Awards
The Iron Maiden House was completed this year, and has since made the shortlist for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards and the 2018 Houses Awards
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The Iron Maiden House was completed this year, and has since made the shortlist for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards and the 2018 Houses Awards
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The Iron Maiden House was completed this year, and has since made the shortlist for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards and the 2018 Houses Awards
The Iron Maiden House was planned to make the most of solar exposure to promote passive heating and cooling
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The Iron Maiden House was planned to make the most of solar exposure to promote passive heating and cooling
An open plan living and kitchen area opens up to a barbecue/outdoor dining area in the Iron Maiden House
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An open plan living and kitchen area opens up to a barbecue/outdoor dining area in the Iron Maiden House
The Iron Maiden House was built as a home for five
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The Iron Maiden House was built as a home for five
Living area inside the Iron Maiden House
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Living area inside the Iron Maiden House
The Iron Maiden House was planned to make the most of solar exposure to promote passive heating and cooling
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The Iron Maiden House was planned to make the most of solar exposure to promote passive heating and cooling
Inside the Iron Maiden House in Sydney
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Inside the Iron Maiden House in Sydney
The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features a facade made from corrugated iron sheets
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The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features a facade made from corrugated iron sheets
The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features elevated outdoor walkways that overlook the pool below
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The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features elevated outdoor walkways that overlook the pool below
Fire pit area in the Iron Maiden House in Sydney
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Fire pit area in the Iron Maiden House in Sydney
A void designed to mimic a natural gorge runs down the middle of the Iron Maiden House in Sydney
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A void designed to mimic a natural gorge runs down the middle of the Iron Maiden House in Sydney
A look at a bedroom inside the Iron Maiden House
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A look at a bedroom inside the Iron Maiden House
The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features elevated outdoor walkways that overlook the pool below
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The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features elevated outdoor walkways that overlook the pool below
A void designed to mimic a natural gorge runs down the middle of the Iron Maiden House in Sydney
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A void designed to mimic a natural gorge runs down the middle of the Iron Maiden House in Sydney
 The Iron Maiden House features an outdoor swimming pool
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 The Iron Maiden House features an outdoor swimming pool
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When presented with a lengthy corner site with ample street exposure, Australian architecture firm CplusC took a very creative approach to privacy in crafting its spectacular Iron Maiden House in suburban Sydney. The home is made of two volumes split down the middle by a gorge-inspired void complete with water features, creating inward-facing connections with nature that shield the interior from prying eyes.

Built as a home for five, the Iron Maiden House borrows from and reimagines the traditional aesthetics of industrial Australia. This meant using the corrugated iron panels you might find wrapped around outback farmhouses and using it to form the exterior facades, joined at the top to form a gabled roofs like other modern homes in the area. With time, this is expected to take on a certain charm.

"The home was designed to provide the occupants with a sense of time over days, seasons and years," CplusC managing director, Clinton Cole, tells New Atlas. "The corrugated iron cladding was selected as it will age gracefully over the decades, dulling in color and eventually developing rusted edges along the individual sheets to express the unique sheeting arrangement."

The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features a facade made from corrugated iron sheets
The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features a facade made from corrugated iron sheets

While the home's exterior is well shielded from the street, its heart is open and airy, centered around a strip of ponds at the base of a tall, long and narrow void that runs right down its center. Designed to mimic the private, secluded spaces of a natural gorge, this opening is a direct response to the client's desire for a home with a "strong relationship to nature and space to entertain and grow with the family."

"Slender, cathedral-like spaces were formed around this central thoroughfare with ponds running parallel to walkways to link the spaces," explains Cole. "This approach created an introspective proposal; living spaces all face inwards towards the rear entertaining spaces."

A void designed to mimic a natural gorge runs down the middle of the Iron Maiden House in Sydney
A void designed to mimic a natural gorge runs down the middle of the Iron Maiden House in Sydney

Those entertainment spaces include an open plan living and kitchen area that opens up to a barbecue/outdoor dining area, with a secluded fire pit across the pond and outdoor swimming pool to the rear. The upper level is where the four bedrooms are found, along with an elevated outdoor walkway that connects the children's sleeping quarters and overlooks the pool below.

Steel mesh features outside and serves as protection from falls from this walkway, but will also afford the home additional foliage over time and, in keeping with the name of the home, demonstrate the varied functionality of the material.

The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features elevated outdoor walkways that overlook the pool below
The Iron Maiden House in Sydney features elevated outdoor walkways that overlook the pool below

"The steel Webforge Mesh was incorporated to allow creeping plants to gradually engulf the building, with the flowering of the plants along this external skin providing seasonal nuance," says Cole. "This unconventional use of steel web and mesh was an intentional design choice to showcase the versatility of steel products, shifting the perception of what is possible when well-manufactured building components are expressed architecturally rather than concealed."

The firm says the house was also planned to make the most of solar exposure to promote passive heating and cooling, namely by way of large openings to the north to draw light and warmth into the majority of the home. A stormwater tank also features and provides recycled rainwater to an outdoor shower.

The Iron Maiden House was completed this year, and has since made the shortlist for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards and the 2018 Houses Awards. If you fancy more of a look around, there are extra images in the gallery, or you can check out CplusC's Instagram account.

Source: CplusC

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1 comment
Nik
Architects jargon is just utterly ridiculous! ''...a natural gorge,..'' lined with steel RSJ's is of course totally natural! Corrugated steel, ''With time, this is expected to take on a certain charm.'' actually means, rust like hell! ''..a secluded fire pit..'' means a charcoal burner in a cramped space! etc. ''Steel mesh features....'' means an attempt to make a dangerous design safer, but if the mesh is not stainless steel, it will need replacing relatively sooner than later. As to the house, a picture is worth a thousand words, a floor-plan would have been entirely beneficial. Plain language is always more effective than jargon, which is meant to seem impressive, but isn't.