Vader House in Melbourne, Australia by Andrew Maynard Architects

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With the high boundary wall, the Vader House appear to emerge as the distorted roof form interrupts the symmetrical roof line typical of Fitzroy. Framed steel skeleton extension envelopes the remarkably high masonry boundary wall built prior to height restrictions, reclaiming it into the interior.

The roof responds to site setbacks which result in a distorted and subverted answer to regulations, and at the same time which produces high folded internal planes, allowing double height ceilings, a mezzanine level and spacious interior.

A shield of louvres encases the Eastern and Western facades of the extensions, which peel back to reveal a folded internal environment of soft colours framed by exposed steel beams. The interior is occasionally punctured by windows allowing a cinematic light to dance over the internal workings of the Vader House.

The extension is made out of elements that seem to have descended at the eastern end of the site in a tetris like manner. Unexpectedly a random tetris piece has lodged itself deep within the walls of the original building. This floating block provides the master bedroom with a en-suite reflecting its downstairs companion, mixing the terrace to the extension and giving a glance of what one will experience as they move through the site.

Many elements of the design prove to serve multiple functions. The bold stair case becomes part of the kitchen joinery, the louvres act as light control as much as privacy screening, and the boundary external wall doubles as the internal kitchen wall.

Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Architects Team: Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Matthew McClurg
Constructed Area: 120 sqm
Budget: $500,000