Andrew Maynard: Vader House

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Our ninjas over at Andrew Maynard Architects recently dropped us an email about the Vader House, a project in Fitzroy, Australia, which they recently completed. Contrary to the ominous name [I first thought of heavy breathing and the dark side, I have to admit], the project is an open, welcoming, and light-filled extension of a Victorian terrace.

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Utilizing  the existing brick walls to define the boundaries of the house, AMA inserted a glassy, transparent, steel-frame volume within the space – all surrounding a central courtyard space, creating what is essentially the antithesis of the original, dark, brick structure.

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The plan clearly shows the pre-existing brick walls, and how all the newly created spaces surround an open courtyard space.

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The high boundary walls, built in disregard of existing height regulations long before such rules were created, permitted a non-standard height along the northern boundary. The roofline then abruptly turns to follow the dictated set-back lines, resulting in a playful and telling interpretation of planning rules.

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All the new works surround an outdoor courtyard space which becomes the new centre of the house- accessed by a series of glass doors it is the opposite of the dark masonry-clad rooms of the old house. The refined palate of materials is subverted where volumes are removed to reveal the flesh inside – coloured bright red with glass tiles and joinery.

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The ‘playful’ roof-line [a byproduct of the site setbacks and height requirements] allows for a one and a half storey living space, complete with a small mezzanine – adding to the openness of the house, through both the increased height of the ceilings and the creation of high clerestory walls.

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Posted: February 25th, 2009
at 4:28pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,housing,featured ninjas

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  1. I basically love every thing that I’ve seen come out of this studio. I wonder if they’ll ever put out a monograph.

    andy

    26 Feb 09 at 3:47 pm

     


 

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