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The Naked Architect: Session 2

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Are you looking to renovate or build a new home and have considered using an architect but don’t know where to start?

Supported by the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV), Open House Melbourne and ArchiTeam are presenting a series of six workshops that will arm you with everything you need to know about commissioning and working with an architect.

These workshops will offer practical guidance, advice and ideas about engaging an architect on a home renovation or new build project.

Using the Open House model of direct experience of good design, The Naked Architect: a guide to commissioning and working with a residential architect is being hosted in six examples of architect designed homes across Melbourne. Not only will you be armed with practical advice and ideas, you will be able to meet clients and their architects to hear an honest account of the process.

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Theme: Design feed and construction budget

Architect: Architecture Architecture

Architecture Architecture is an award winning Melbourne-based practice, recognised for its commitment to contemporary architecture. As leaders in next-generation design, the practice strives to foster an awareness of the built environment and its social effects. Whether it’s designing a backyard shed or a city skyline, Architecture Architecture’s design philosophy is underpinned by a firm belief in the potential of architecture to foster positive environments at all scales of building.

Project: Dark Horse

In a row of workers’ cottages, there is one Dark Horse –a handsome creature. The stepped parapet, centred window, sidelined door and entrance awning are carried with the familiar, unassuming composure of its neighbours. Yet here the materials, stark in their composition, have a distinctly 21st century character, hinting at the contemporary home within. Indeed, the palette of black, white and grey is carried throughout the house, lending tonal variation and spatial depth to an otherwise diminutive site. The play of tones establishes a subtle field of spaces that expand and contract, creating moments of generosity and intimacy. In the living areas, where space and light are abundant, the material palette is darker, creating spaces of comfortable repose. Here, sensitive use of acoustic treatment reinforces these qualities. In the corridors where space is tighter, the palette lightens and the ceilings lift. The corridor walls -slim and prefabricated to maximise internal space –are lined with metal sheet to reflect light deep into the house. In the heart of the house, the living areas open onto a courtyard. The high-ceilinged corridors pinwheel out from this heart, establishing a sunlit centre around which most daily activity occurs. Upstairs, a warmer palette of timber floors and lining boards sets the tone for the private quarters, while dramatic skylights and generous windows cast this Dark Horse in abundant natural light.


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