Richard Hammond Architect is a small studio based in South Fremantle, Western Australia. Their design ranges from community centers for elderly to schools for children to residential projects with a strong commitment to producing beautiful humane environments.

Despite being a small firm established in Australia; it has gained popularity for its sustainable designing strategies like the use of rammed earth as a construction material for most of its projects alongside the use of landscape as the main feature in its projects. The office currently designs for commercial, community planning, tourism, and residential work, with some under construction and others on the drawing board.

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Here are the 12 most influential projects by Richard Hammond Architect:

1. The outlook at Albany: 

Set on a scenic 45 acres in Albany, Western Australia, is a relaxed contemporary community that has been master-planned around scenic lakes, native gardens, and natural wetlands. This is a community facility for the Oyster Harbor Lifestyle Village completed in 2019. It has a wide range of activities in its arena. The clubhouse is placed centrally surrounded by social indoor spaces, the health and fitness spaces, the quiet fireside spaces, the flavorsome café, and dinner spaces. This scenic beauty comprises an even more choice with the bowling green or tennis court, the workshop or veggie garden, lakeside walks, and summer evening barbecues on its exterior. Alongside its indoor and outdoor activities, this community place also provides travel junkies an on-site caravan and boat storage to make it easy to lock up and tour whenever you like.

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2. Residential house in Albany:

A residential project built over a steep slope in a locality of Albany, Western Australia. This project was a renovation project which required some addition and alteration in the existing building. The addition of the courtyard established connection in the existing structure and also captured maximum sunlight with maximum ventilation which also gave the dramatic view to the harbor.

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3. Perth Waldorf school – Bibra lake:

A school designed solely on the principles of Rudolf Steiner. It is a school for kindergarten, pre-primary, primary, and secondary education with distinct features to ideally differentiate the classes with the help of aesthetics and their physical surroundings. The design was predicated upon creating a child-focused environment by Steiner principles whilst maintaining the beauty and serenity of the existing bushland. The natural topography and all significant trees have been preserved. Buildings are clustered to create educational and nurturing places within the existing bushland.

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4. Cottesloe laneway house:

A residential project in Cottesloe, Western Australia required to be constructed in a 3.5m lane. This laneway house is rectangularly constructed with an overstepped platform which helps in ambient supply of light and ventilation to the house.

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5. Furnissdale vertical village:

A residential project in Furnissdale, Western Australia with the construction of 180 units. The main feature of this project was multilayered voids with courtyard gardens and centrally landscaped community spaces alongside northern hidden gardens with lit stairs acting as a beacon.

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6. Jarrahdale house:

An off-grid house built over an uneven land between the hills of Jarrahdale, Western Australia. A low maintenance house with low energy consumption due to the installation of solar panels.

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7. Piara waters clubhouse:

An underdevelopment project in Piara, western Australia. This is a community clubhouse that will be constructed predominately from pre-fabricated items, featuring an undulating roof built from timber trusses. This also features a centrally located courtyard with a view of the garden visible from every space. One of the most salient features of the clubhouse is its large-scale gutters which are used as a landscaping element that flows down the stormwater as an asset on-site and then making its way to the natural wetlands.

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8. Wellard vertical village:

This is a 150-unit residential project in Wellard, Western Australia. This is an innovative approach to high-density housing projects maintaining the balance between both private and public spaces. The courtyard centrally placed helps in good solar access, natural ventilation along with garden landscapes.

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9. White gum valley houses:

This is a house located on a corner block in White Gum Valley. It was designed with the ideology of minimal heating and cooling, low maintenance, aging in place, and large outdoor living spaces. The project was completed in 2018.

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10. Yallingup house:

This is a house designed on the hills of Yallingup, Western Australia. It is a two-storeyed house, the lower level bunkers down into the landscape, housing water tank storage, a fire bunker, and wine cellar. This level is cladded with jarrah fencing on its exterior. The upper level comprises a variety of open terraces along with openable spaces in the northern direction. The living room is expandable which helps to accumulate a large number of guests and also can be reduced with intimate use.

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11. Helena valley residential resort:

This is a clubhouse constructed in Helena valley in western Australia, comprising many facilities like the art center, library. Barbeques are also available on the exterior along with clubs and vegetable gardens. In its interior are heated indoor pools, darts, and pools to enjoy side by side of family centers. Gym, sauna, and spas are also being installed for the fitness enthusiast. Laterite based stabilized rammed earth is used as a construction material along with weatherboard cladding.

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12. White gum valley houses:

Multiple dwelling projects incorporated sustainability by the use of rammed limestone walls, good thermal access, and solar passive design in the LandCorp White Gum Valley precinct. This project features native landscaping by Josh Byrne + Associates alongside the use of 5kW of solar panels also a 5000-liter water tank and thermally broken glazing and an air source heat pump that will heat water, supply heating to a hydronic floor system and assist reverse cycle split system heating. This dwelling with current modeling indicates a close to net-zero carbon emission over the life of the project. 

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Pratiksha Mahakulkar is a third-year student pursuing architecture. An old school voracious reader and now explores her inner desire in writing out her mind and architecture. An impatient soul who can work efficiently when under pressure and approaching deadlines.

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