Australia house – Andrew Burns Architect


Andrew Burns Architect:







Australia House is a gallery, studio and atelier in the ai???snow country of Niigata Prefecture, approximately three hours north of Tokyo. The building replaces a previous structure which collapsed in a powerful aftershock on March 12, 2011. The Australian Embassy Tokyo, Tokamachi City Government and the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial resolved quickly to construct a new building and it stands as a symbol of healing and transformation in this beautiful area of Japan.The design synthesises Japanese and Australian architectural traditions, incorporating elements of both the Australian Georgian farmhouse and the Japanese Minka. A steeply pitched roof rises towards the daikoku-bashira, symbolically functioning as the support of the structure and becoming a charged element within the gallery space. Perception of the building alternates between the familiar presence of a rural dwelling and that of an art object. The interiors form a large ai???perception device , heightening views of the surrounding landscape and creating opportunities for art installation. The dynamic triangular form creates a long dimension and widening perspective within compact spaces. During winter, the site can experience 1.5m of snow during a single day, and this was a key consideration in the design, with the roof pitching steeply. This, coupled with the requirement for a single material structure in order to obtain fast track planning approval, has resulted in an innovative and very robust timber structure, capable of withstanding massive snow loads and functioning as an emergency shelter if required in future

Project Name : Australia house

Project Location : Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Year Completed : 2012

Architect : Andrew Burns, assisted by Casey Bryant

Collaboration: Souhei Imamura (Atelier Imamu); Sotaro Yamamoto (Atelier Sotaro Yamamoto)

Site area: 975.72m2

Footprint: 106.0m2

Floor area: 145.2m2

Client: Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Australian Embassy Tokyo, Tokamachi City Government

Supporters: Australia-Japan Foundation, International Culture Appreciation and Interchange Society

Artist (inaugural artist to exhibit in Australia House)

Brook Andrew

Structural Engineer

Taro Yokoyama, Low Fat Structure Inc.

Design : 2011-2012

Photographs: Brett Boardman Photography


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