Della Torre house

Della Torre house

Austin Maynard Architects
Ivanhoe, VIC, Australia | View Map
Année du projet
Maisons privées
Tess Kelly
Fiche technique du produit

ÉlémentMarqueProduct Name
Operable aluminium louvres Shade Factor
Butynol rubber product to roofArdex GmbH
Low VOC Dulux Enviro2 paints Dulux Australia
Reclaimed messmate timber ‘portal’ frames Eco Timber
Ceiling fans Hunter Pacific

Fiche technique du produit
Operable aluminium louvres
Butynol rubber product to roof
Low VOC Dulux Enviro2 paints
Reclaimed messmate timber ‘portal’ frames
Ceiling fans

Della Torre house

Austin Maynard Architects en tant que Architectes.

This simple addition at Della Torre has given this house in Ivanhoe a new street frontage. The operable louvre facade caps the open plan living area, and mediates the public / private engagement between the dinner table and the street.


The simple extruded form and repeated structure respond to the clients need, while offering an efficiently planned envelope to house the programmatic requirements. Sustainability is a key part of this design. The north facade is protected by a steel awning, which blocks out the summer sun while allowing the winter sun to stream in, while the operable aluminium louvres to the west facade keep out the harsh evening sun. The thermal mass of the exposed polished concrete floor regulates extremes in temperature, while the in-floor hydronic coils provide additional heating when required. With the house opening onto the garden, the effective cross breezes (or ceiling fans, when required) there is no need for A/C in this house. The north facing solar panels on the roof of the existing house also produces power surplus to the house’s needs which is fed back into the grid.


A playful detailing of materials and efficient, effective space planning characterise this simple addition. Exposed materials such as spotted gum timber, polished concrete and recycled timber portal frames are used to give legibility to the the material palette, again reflecting the refined approach to the architecture.


The joinery and portals orientate the user towards the garden and the street. Engagement with the outside is key to making the addition work in this context.


The bravery of the client to engage publicly with the street created a highly innovative presence that extends the refined internal living space outward. The exposed timber portals private a warmth and texture while also adding utility and hanging space. The project with the tightest budgets often lead to the greatest innovation, which is one reason why Della Torre is such a highly innovative home.


Material Used :
Rinnai hot water system. [what kind? Efficient? Gas or…?]


Existing Linuo 5kW solar array with Aurora 5kW inverter.


5300L water tank collects water from roof to supply toilets & external taps
Ostar WELS 5 star-rated tapware in kitchen, bathroom and shower. 


• Steel awning on north facade designed to control summer sun
• Exposed polished concrete floor for thermal mass
• Shallow room depth to allow for natural ventilation  and cross-breezes 
• Operable aluminium louvres by Shadefactor on east facade.


• Rehau in-floor hydronic coil heating with Baxi hydronic boiler [gas powered? Or solar…?]
Ceiling fans by Hunter Pacific.


• Reclaimed messmate timber ‘portal’ frames from Eco Timber 
• FSC Spotted gum timber lining 
• Knauf Earthwool insulation: R6.0 thermal insulation to roof; 90mm R2.7HD thermal insulation sheet to external walls, plus sound control batts to all internal walls 
• Concrete slab is insulated to the sides & underneath
• Ardex Butynol rubber product to roof
• Pico unglazed ceramic tiles by Mutina from Urban Edge Ceramics 
• Caesterstone Jet Black kitchen benches
• Melamine pre-finished board 2-pack finish joinery in kitchen, hallway, bedroom and laundry.

• Steel framed windows & doors by Skyrange Engineering 
• Double glazing by Viridian. 


• The house uses low energy LED lighting throughout, including a TossB sphere light from Hub over dining table, torch light fitting over island bench, custom-designed steel square fluorescent lighting by the architect.


• Low VOC Dulux Enviro2 paints 


• House sited for maximum solar gain
• Locally sourced furnishings, including Jardan lounge furniture and Pop & Scott recycled timber 
• Permeable water sensitive landscaping with native vegetation, minimal hard surfaced areas, and brick paving on compacted sand base rather than concrete.

Active heating & cooling
• Universal ceiling fans


Building materials 
• Shadowclad Ecoply cladding
• Recycled bricks from XYZ systems


Windows & Glazing 
• Double glazing from XYZ systems


• Compact fluorescent and LED lights from XYZ systems


Paints, finishes & floor coverings
• Volvox timber deck care 
• Bio Paints wall paints


Other ESD features
• House sited for maximum solar gain

-The solar panels are Linuo 185W panels - 4.995 kW o/all with an Aurora 5kW inverter
-The recycled messmate for the timber portals came from Eco timber in Burnley
-Which brand of low-VOC paints was used - Dulux Enviro2 
Yes - the roofing is Ardex Butynol
-I believe there was also custom-designed lighting incorporated into the portal frame?
Yes - this was a steel square hollow section with a T5 florescent strip housed within.

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