One of the architectural design strategies we often employ for the design of your new home build or renovation is the use of screens. Screens are an incredibly versatile design component that comes in a myriad of styles and finishes, and this gets taken further when doing a custom design. Screens are a simple architectural expression to address the harsh Australian climate and can be effective in addressing issues of heat gain, views, privacy and aesthetics. We are delighted to share with your some ideas we have had over the years of how screens can add value to the design.
Screens balance the concerns of privacy and outlook; with the ability to adjust the permeability of the screens so you can enjoy an outdoor balcony, without overlooking your neighbours’ property. In the case of the Shenton Park Lake House below, a louvred screen directs the balcony view down towards the swimming pool rather than outwards. We also used louvred screens in our Gallery House, together with staggered batten screens to the front deck. In this instance, the batten screens help to obscure the views into the lounge area, while the operable louvres respond more broadly to the streets cape, allowing the house to turn from a brightly-lit lantern to an opaque, monochromatic box.
In areas where there is few privacy concerns, perforated screens are a dynamic way to bring ambience to a space. With our Cedar house, we designed architectural screens from perforated metal with flora motifs as a way for the built structure to engage with the broader environment. As the sun moves through the outdoor spaces, poetic shadows are cast across the outdoor paved areas.
Screens are not merely limited to being thin blades; as with our Gallery House, architectural screens are in the form of ribbed structures that embraces the lap pool and rear lounge. The ribbed structures allow the north daylight to penetrate into the interiors, while being able to obscure the views from the neighbouring property. Shadows from the ribs delightfully cast themselves into the pool creating a ‘tunnel view’ down the lap pool.
Screens can also be of a more decorative nature, as is the case of our Cottesloe Beach House. Inspired by a Moroccan tea light the client had collected from her extensive travelling overseas, the patterns of the tea light were transposed into a series of metal screens which envelope a cosy day bed. At night, the day bed emulates the tea light; glowing warmly from the inside.
To end, we would like to share with you a wonderful photo we took during one of our site visits to the Gallery House. We love the shadow play (the operable louvres create) as the sun creeps in to the interiors, and find it a rather poetic architectural execution.
If you would like to investigate how screens could be utilised to enhance your new build or renovation project, please get in touch by going to our contact page, or by sending us a message through our social media channels.