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Like the sweep of a conductor's baton to a languid piece of music, the curvaceous steel roofline of this James Stockwell-designed home dips and soars.
James Stockwell grew up on a farm near Albany, four hours from Perth, in a remoteness that breeds self-reliance.
Stockwell's modest, almost simple way of describing this selection process belies a thoughtful approach and a gift for materiality and form which have seen the young architect win a swag of residential awards in recent years.
In considering how to resolve the issue, he thought back to a drawing of an owl by Picasso which the artist completed in a single line, never taking his pen off the paper. Stockwell made a 1:5 scale model of the project, reproducing the sine curve of the roof by simply bending a sheet of thin cardboard. That simple curve is, paradoxically, a mathematical complexity – sine curves are in fact quite difficult to draw – so Stockwell found it easier to use a physical model, hand plotting the points off that before sending them to the shop drawer to import into the steel drawings. Stockwell specified roofing made from COLORBOND® Metallic steel in the colour Axis®, in Stramit Longspan® profile, and reports that it was relatively easy to install. The top and bottom of the roof were plotted as a series of points in space and the steel structure, made from prefabricated 100 UC and 200 UB steel members, was bolted together.
Stockwell wanted to avoid cross-bracing the steel structure and so looked to his other material choice for support. Steel is brilliant in tension and that is where it really comes into its own," Stockwell says. Subtle details on this project include the steel tension rods made from 6mm galvanised steel which hold up the window and door heads. For Stockwell, his favourite aspect of the project is how one part of the building, the roof, can do multiple things. The slender low profile roof is supported by a structure made from prefabricated 100UC and 200UB steel members which were bolted together on site. The roof’s curves were entirely constructed from straight materials in short lengths, from the guttering to the soffits.
Encasing the slender UC steel columns in rammed earth walls gave the structure enough strength to avoid using cross bracing.

I am sure some people are curious as to who the owner of Hunter Valley Model Railway Supplies is and what type of layout he has at home.
Here is a view of the construction of the new small dock area with the 1st of 3 scale freighters that will be part of the scene.
Step 1 - Bare timber that the DAS Self Drying Clay will be applied to be carved in to a stone retaining wall. Step 2 - Prior to DAS being applied I use Bond Crete as an adhesive to glue the DAS on to the formwork. Step 3 - A smoothed out section of DAS to the correct thickness (approx 4mm) is applied to the Bond Crete.
Step 4 - Applying horizontal guide lines using the BACK of a knife blade, try to ensure that lines are level. Step 5 - Carving and shaping of individual stone blocks with a small flat bladed screw driver. A Hornby Class 121 Bubblecar pulls out of the bay platform, whilst a Hornby Class 31 Diesel is about to pass a Bachmann 4MT 2-6-0 and Class 4 Ivatt 2-6-0 doubleheading a freight train. Looking towards CWM Harris station, the white area in the background is a recently plastered area while the white buildings in the background are concept prototypes for a new industrial area.
Another seaside view, this time a Hornby Weathered Class 31 in BR Blue makes an appearance. That inspired memory results in a form which is more a beautiful gesture than a roof; like the sweep of a conductor's baton to a languid piece of music. Indeed, the gentle sine curve of the roof allowed the project to be constructed using straight materials in short lengths, which reduced the complexity of the build and dispensed with having to get items purposefully bent. The slender 100 UC steel columns were encased in rammed earth to stabilise them, with just their tops poking out of the thick walls. Unless you know to look for them they are easily missed, adding to the impression that the ceiling is levitating above the corner windows and the clerestory.
The first exhibition I took this layout too was the Combined Hunter Region Modellers Exhibition at the Police Boys Club Broadmeadow.

Originally based on the GWR in Wales it has been undergoing some serious modifications including attacking the scenery with a grinder fitted with a cutting disc to remove a hillside and tunnel and to make way for a a new 2nd station on the main line, double tracking around the sea wall as well as a total redesign of the branchline.
The white plaster area above is rock face that was made using the (aliminium foil method) and has yet to be painted and weathered. The DAS clay will dry to the near white colour then it can be primed and painted for more realism. Track is Peco Code 100, lineside fencing, telegraph poles, signals & grounded coach are all Ratio Products, whilst the engine shed is a Wills Craftsman Kit. It took quite a while to figure out how to form up the ocean with waves breaking, even the sand has a sloping effect around the seawall which is made from plywood covered in DAS Modelling clay and carved into shape. The grass in the foreground is a new Heki product while the fencing, signal & telegraph poles are Ratio products.
This sets up a beautiful juxtaposition between the fineness of the structural steel members and the solidity of the rammed earth, and further enhances the visual impression that the roof is about to take flight, as if held on by only a few threads of metal. The form of the sine curve, being a direct expression of material ductility, is brought to life by the properties of the steel. I kept this layout for a couple of years before selling it, I hear it still exists but a a NSW Outline layout.
The layouit is now based on the era of the end of steam with the appearance of the 1st generation diesels.
I first started using this method over 25 years ago when I built my first exhibition layout and have found this method to be reliable and hold up to time. So that kind of practical knowledge about materials has been invaluable as an architect," he says. Everything gets a run even a UP DD40 AX until it wedged itself under the road bridge and took a while to release it.

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