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   -   The Australian Institute of Architects Award for Residential Architecture - Houses - Alterations and Additions-off

by Andrew Maynard Architects



The flat typographical conditions of Melbourne have resulted in suburbs with low-density housing and large building footprints. In contrast HOUSE House is narrow and vertical addition to two existing Victorian terraces houses. The new structure is built in a different orientation to the existing houses. Each level is unique in function and personality. The shared and living spaces have inconspicuous and blurred boundaries. The dining room, kitchen and backyard open onto one another. The fence along each house can slide away. A perforated stair is situated between the existing and new structure. The perforation provides finesse and

transparency to articulate the separation between old and new. A material palette of contrasting steel and timber has been implemented throughout the project. Reminiscent of scar tissue, raw structural steel is applied to the space that is ‘cut out’ of the existing building and structure. HOUSE house engages with Melbourne’s tendency to tag buildings. The timber box when facing the street is painted black and rendering most paint invisible. The black graphic is representative of the child-like image of a suburban home. Here we see the overlap of two distinct approaches to the single-family house; the stereotypical home overlaid on the import.

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.Project Team
Design architect: Andrew Maynard
Project architect: Mark Austin
Project architect: Michael Ong
Structural consultant: Coulthard Shim P/L
Building surveyor: Anthony Middling & Associates
Cost Consultant: Plan Cost Australia
Builder: Sargant Constructions
Photographer: 2013034866
Photographer: HOUSE House
Photographer: VIC
Photographer: No

Photographs by 2013034866, HOUSE House, VIC & No, text by Andrew Maynard Architects

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects