Your projects are often informed by their environmental context. With the SRG House as an example, how was the exterior and interior inspired by the natural landscape?
Careful research was undertaken to establish the materiality of the existing heritage 1970s home. The plasterboard was removed to reveal timber linings, wood wool ceilings, cork flooring and red glazed ceramic tiles. These discoveries formed the basis of the material palette for the house. Materials and colors were tuned to the original palette of painted brick, cedar windows and concrete [and chosen to] reference the era of the building, [but] updated in contemporary, sustainable versions.
On the living level, ceiling panels of carbon-positive wood wool and new-generation cork flooring bring a retro texture and warmth, plus acoustic performance to the middle level. In the kitchen and bedrooms, plywood joinery is finely detailed with brass. Bathrooms are tiled in red Japanese finger mosaics, a nod to the original bathroom tiles.
Beyond its architectural legacy, the project makes an environmental and ethical point of conservation and reuse. Restoring the original structure has saved embodied carbon and avoided material waste. Environmental performance and indoor air quality have been dramatically improved, with new and expanded windows for cross-ventilation, along with high-performance glass, facade insulation and hydronic heating to concrete floors.