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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Cloud House in North Fitzroy, Australia by McBride Charles Ryan

 
January 6th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: McBride Charles Ryan

The Cloud House is an addition and renovation to a double-fronted Edwardian house in Fitzroy North. Over the course of close to a century, this house has received several additions and modifications.

McBride Charles Ryan’s work for the house is designed in three parts. This allows for a sequence of distinct and unexpected episodes, with glimpses previewing oncoming spaces and experiences as you move through the home.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

  • Architects: McBride Charles Ryan
  • Project: Cloud House
  • Location: North Fitzroy,  Australia
  • Photography: John Gollings
  • Project team: Rob McBride, Debbie-Lyn Ryan, Marie Chen, Cathryn Panettieri, Ben Inman, Gabriella Muto
  • Consultants:
    • Builder: Quinn Constructions
    • Structural: Hive Engineering
    • Geotechnical: Hardrock
    • Joinery: Enmore Joinery
    • Land Surveyor: Crawford Way Pty Ltd
    • Building Surveyors: Reddo Building Surveyors
  • Floor area: 220sqm
  • Extension area: 70sqm

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

The street facade has been left to demonstrate the clients’ respect for the evolution of the character of the area and the modest street alteration belies the extent of the comprehensive internal renovation work. The spaces within the original structure are largely white in colour, united by exotic floral hallway carpet. This journey through the space is followed by encountering a disintegrated red-coloured ‘box’. This is the kitchen, at the heart of the property, which acts as a bridge linking the major spaces. A cloud-shaped extrusion is the unexpected final space. Following the form of a child-like impression of a cloud it is a playful addition where family and friends can eat and have fun surrounded by the curved form.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

The new living addition faces due south while allowing controlled north sun into the living area and providing effective cross ventilation. The form of the ‘cloud’ conforms to setback regulations without appearing obviously determined by them. The extrusion creates a dramatic interior language where walls merge seamlessly with the floor and ceiling. The craftsmanship is remarkable throughout; it has a sense of care one typically associates with the work of a cooper or wheelwright. While the geometry is playful, the extrusion is essentially a contemporary barrel vault. It is our hope that this cloud has a ‘silver lining’.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © McBride Charles Ryan

Image Courtesy © McBride Charles Ryan

Image Courtesy © McBride Charles Ryan

Image Courtesy © McBride Charles Ryan

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