“In the double height entry void the acoustics are quite resonant, adding to the drama of the space,” Chamberlain says.
“Then as you reach the timber ceiling the whole sound of the space changes and it becomes really quiet and soft. It’s very unexpected because people just see the concrete and think it must be very intense the whole way through. That’s not the case.”
On the outside of the home, Chamberlain and his team have been able to deliver the same monolithic impact of insitu concrete by using concrete blockwork finished in a smooth-set cement render.
“Most people don’t realise it’s rendered blockwork. It’s still concrete walling, just a different type,” Chamberlain says.
“The budget didn’t extend to using it (insitu concrete) for the building’s façade. By adopting this solution, we were able to use it internally where it would have the most impact.”
Chamberlain says much of the beauty of the Light Vault House stems from the use of a limited palette of materials.
“Elementally, its three materials - concrete, steel and timber. For us, it’s always about how can we wind things back and use less,” he says.
It’s a simple philosophy, but one that is perfectly expressed in this project.