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Newsletter #09 - Hey There House

Hey There House

Our most recently completed project, ‘Hey There House’, renovates and ruptures an existing weatherboard extension to the rear of a Victorian workers’ cottage. Glimpsed from the street, the house now raises a dark eyebrow in acknowledgement of the lush green lawn taking seed in the laneway below.

The glazed rear façade, skewed towards the lane, along with the roof, cracked open to let light in, connect new open-plan living areas with both the backyard to the west and the disused laneway to the north. In this way, the house now acts as a pivot between the public and private realms, extending the backyard and connecting it back into the local neighbourhood.
 

Reinforcing this connection, a retractable side-fence has been proposed, allowing the backyard to spill-out into the lane. It has also been proposed that the windows onto the laneway be replaced with doors, throwing the house open to this communal space.

From an environmental performance perspective, the significantly improved natural lighting, along with optimised solar orientation, high-level clerestory louvres for passive ventilation, and a concrete slab for thermal mass, ensure that this is a high-comfort, low-energy house all year round.
 
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Photography by Latreille Delage Photography.
TURNAROUND IN THE MEDIA

Architecture Architecture's Turnaround House was recently featured in The Age's Domain. Click here to read the article. It has also been featured on a number of design blogs, including here at Dezeen.
 
ARCHITECTURE ON THE RADIO

Architecture Architecture Director Michael Roper recently appeared on Triple R FM's 'The Breakfasters' talking about how our buildings and cities shape us. Click here to listen.
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Architecture Architecture is a Melbourne based practice dedicated to contemporary architecture and design. Under the directorship of Michael Roper & Nick James the practice is active within the broader design culture, engaging in research, media, education, exhibitions and publication.
 
Architecture Architecture believe in the potential of architecture to foster positive social environments at all scales of building - from backyard sheds to city skylines. The practice pursues an ongoing interest in intelligent, well crafted space in order to unlock the latent ambitions of client, site and city.
 
With extensive experience in residential and commercial architecture, urban design, interior design, theatre set design and exhibition design, Architecture Architecture are equipped to meet the individual needs of a broad range of projects and clients.
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