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DESIGN | Australian style
UPWARDS, NOT OUTWARDS
In many parts of the world, residential buildings head skyward, responding to a dense
urban environment and developing a unique way of living. In Australia, we tend to sprawl,
often simply because we can. When one extended family that owned two neighbouring
houses approached Andrew Maynard Architects, the company responded with a unique
concept. Wrapped around a central spine, two spaces become one and, in a move
uncommon in Australia, the designers introduced a self-imposed footprint restriction,
and built the modern addition up, not out. A restrained material palette of cedar and glass
allows the form of the building to be clearly read, and accentuates the monolithic shape.
A graphic detail of the childlike image of a house, placed atop the external cedar wall, is
included as much as a graffiti deterrent as a playful design feature.
This home is in the running for a 2013 Australian Institute of Architects National Award. Andrew
Maynard Architects (03) 9481 5110, www.maynardarchitects.com; www.architecture.com.au.
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