Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Armandale House 1 in Victoria, Australia by Mitsuori Architects
October 6th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mitsuori Architects
A major alteration and extension to an existing Victorian heritage home in Armadale, Melbourne. Our clients, a professional builder and his family called for an elegant and striking contemporary design solution to transform this compact double fronted Victorian style house into a generous family home.
The design concept proposed a sculptural two level addition that connects seamlessly to the north facing landscaped courtyard, terrace and garden. Special consideration was given to preserving the historical streetscape, with the new addition separated from the existing building by a glazed walkway to acheive a large street setback making the new addition invisible from the front.
The architectural solution utlises series of simple folded planes to define spaces, control views, shade windows, and articulate the form of the building so as to reduce the visual impact of the first floor when viewed from the rear garden. This is a design that appears simultaneously striking or discreet depending on where it is viewed from.
• A large contemporary addition to a Victorian heritage home on a compact site designed to be bith discreet from the street but have a strong presence at the rear.
This project was designed in close collaboration with our client, a professional builder with a focus on construction detailing and buildability. The rigour and practicalities of the building process were present from the outset and informed the original design concept. As architects with a keen interest in the building process, we found this particularly rewarding and engaging.
Mitsuori Architects is a design led practice founded by Melissa Lim & Matthew Murfett. We design high quality architecture that merges aesthetic values with careful planning and thoughtful detailing to create buildings that are a joy to inhabit. Our directors have worked for world renowned architectural practices on major cultural, commercial, boutique residential and interior design projects in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA. Our large scale project experience is combined with the flexibility of a smaller practice, enabling us to provide our clients with the highest level of personalised service.
Mitsuori literally means ‘threefold’. To us the number three represents a kind of minimalist approach; a reminder that often the most appropriate design solution is about less not more.
Our design process is collaborative. Each piece of architecture is the result of a journey of discovery, creation and translation shared with our clients, design team and the builders who construct our buildings.
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