Architecture - 18.07.2019
Three Piece House
Three Piece House is a dynamic project where, in the spirit of “less but better,” every decision is meditated upon with utmost care, in pursuance of a result that can withstand the test of time. The Sydney-based firm TRIAS designed this single-level house-and-studio project, breaking it up into three pieces, hence its name, and skewing the volumes to follow the site’s boundaries. Because of flood controls, the house sits on a platform made with brick salvaged from the bungalow that previously stood on the site. So the base, besides being functional, plays a part in saving material and also imbues the new residence with history: “the new home rests upon the bones of the building before it.”The fragmentation into three parts results in the formation of four outdoor spaces, each with a character of its own. One of the yards is more public and extroverted, another is more private, the north court is a covered garden, and the fourth exterior, on the south and facing the river, is a spot for chatting with neighbors and watching boats sail by.Two of the pieces, connected by a gallery, make up the main house, one containing the day zone and the other the night zone.