Offering a playful rendition of the familiar sustainable narrative, Casa Mia enables residents to experience life inside a dreamhouse. Crafted by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in collaboration with Caroline Di Costa Architect, the residence uses brickwork to convey a liberating message.
Located on the Ocean Mia Estate in City Beach, Casa Mia is an architect’s own home, sitting in contrast to the built context. Constructed from carefully positioned brickwork with spaces between bricks at its edge, the dreamhouse juxtaposes the rectilinear forms of the surrounding buildings, presenting a dynamic profile of surprising lightness.
Liaising with Brickworks, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects both inheres the project with a sense of sustainability and makes the concept legible as a prominent feature of the architect’s own home. Brickworks enables its products to be applied to the dreamhouse in their uncut state – an atypical usage – in order to minimise waste.
Every brick of the dreamhouse is locally sourced and exhibits colours reminiscent of the earthy natural landscape. Inspired by Japanese architecture, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects employs fully-glazed bricks around particular openings. The bricks bounce sunlight into the depths of the home, allowing the residents to save energy where possible.
Although Casa Mia represents the weight of responsibility architects have towards the environment, it also presents this responsibility as beneficial. Iredale Pederson Hook Architects and Caroline Di Costa Architect craft a dreamhousethat rejoices in its sustainability, utilising the colour and texture of brick to suggest a playful variation of an architect’s own home.
00:00 - Introduction to Casa Mia 00:28 - High-Density Living 01:11 - A Playful Space 01:53 - Providing a Presence and Privacy 02:13 - Sustainable Brickwork 03:08 - Love and Appreciation for Brickworks 03:39 - Historic and Ancient Japanese Architecture 04:25 - Utilising Unfinished Materials 05:00 - SustainableDesign 05:47 - The Architect's Favourite Aspects of the House
For more from The Local Project:
Instagram – instagram.com/thelocalproject/ Website – thelocalproject.com.au/ Print Publication – thelocalproject.com.au/publication/ The Local Project Marketplace – thelocalproject.com.au/marketplace/
To subscribe to The Local Project's Tri-Annual Print Publication see here – thelocalproject.com.au/subscribe/
Photography by Robert Frith. Architecture, Interior Design and Styling by Iredale Pederson Hook Architects. Architecture, Interior Design and Styling by Caroline Di Costa Architect. Build by Limitless. Landscape Architecture by CAPA. Engineering by Terpkos Engineering. Bricks by Brickworks. Filmed and Edited by Cheer Squad Film Co. Production by The Local Project.
The Local Project Acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land in Australia. We recognise the importance of Indigenous peoples in the identity of the country and continuing connections to Country and community. We pay the respect to Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Indigenous people of these lands.