Over almost a century in existence, this house has received several additions and modifications. The hope with this addition and renovation of the double-fronted Edwardian house was to create a 'cloud with a silver lining'.
McBride Charles Ryan's work for the house is designed in three parts. This allows for a sequence of distinct and unexpected episodes, with glimpses previewing oncoming spaces and experiences as you move through the home.
The street facade has been left to demonstrate the clients' respect for the evolution of the character of the area and the modest street alteration belies the extent of the comprehensive internal renovation work. The spaces within the original structure are largely white in colour, united by an exotic floral hallway carpet.
This journey through the space is followed by an encounter with a disintegrated red-coloured 'box'. This is the kitchen, at the heart of the property, which acts as a bridge linking the major spaces.
A cloud-shaped extrusion is the 'unexpected' final space.
Following the form of a child-like impression of a cloud, it is a playful addition where family and friends can eat and have fun surrounded by the curved form.
The new addition faces due south while allowing controlled north sun into the living area and providing effective cross ventilation. The form of the 'cloud' conforms to setback regulations without appearing obviously determined by them. The extrusion creates a dramatic interior language where walls merge seamlessly with the floor and ceiling. The craftsmanship is remarkable throughout; intended to give a sense of care typically associated with the work of a cooper or wheelwright. While the geometry is playful, the extrusion is essentially a contemporary barrel vault.
Melbourne Design Awards, Architecture Residential Constructed Winner 2012
World Architecture Festival Awards (Shortlist) 2012
EDWARDSTOWN CARPETS, CARPET
COMCORK WITH SURFACE PROFILE IN BLACK AND WATERMELON
SPOTTED GUM IN BONA TRAFFIC
INTERNAL HARD PLASTER
CERDOMUS LUSTER SERIES IRIDESCENT MOSAIC TILES IN AQUA
DULUX, LOW SHEEN ACRYLIC IN VIVID WHITE
BLUESCOPE LYSAGHT, CUSTOM ORB ZINCALUME SHEETING
VITAGROUP, VITRAPANEL IN RED HORIZON
VELUX (AUSTRALIA), DOUBLE-GLAZED
DOUBLE GLAZED WINDOWS
SPOTTED GUM WITH CLEAR POLYURETHANE FINISH
GREAT DANE FURNITURE
VIRIDIAN NEW WORLD GLASS