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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.

Brickface in Melbourne, Australia by Austin Maynard Architects

 
September 4th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Austin Maynard Architects 

What is this?

Brickface is a compact building situated at the rear of an existing house in Richmond, Melbourne. It consists of a garage at ground level, studio living/guest suite at first floor, and a roof deck. A new pool and entertaining space extends the home’s entertaining area, while the roof terrace becomes the missing productive garden. The main living area of the existing house faces south and opens up onto the new terrace and pool. The backdrop to this view is the rising high wall of Brickface.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

  • Architects: Austin Maynard Architects
  • Project: Brickface
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Photography: Tess Kelly
  • Engineer: Keith Patrick
  • Design Architect: Mark Austin
  • Builder: TCM BuIlding Group
  • Building Surveyor: Code Compliance
  • Floor Area: 102 sqm. Plus 51sqm roof deck
  • Completion Date: January 2017

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Shadows and the sculptural form

Brickface is constructed of recycled red brick, interspersed with contrasting red and blue glazed bricks from the PGH Vibrant range (Rhapsody and Watermelon) to introduce light & shadow, pattern and colour. The round windows of the building and the sculptural form of the parapet combine with the character of the recycled brick to soften the solid block. The spiral stair adds further sculptural interest.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

New place, new space

The clients asked for a new building at the end of their rear yard. The previous garage, with studio above, was large – it dominated the garden and compromised their outdoor space. The new building, though taller, is smaller, tighter and more efficient. It minimises its footprint to maximise the rear yard.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

A generation living in laneways?

Melbourne’s property market is so inflated, that we’re now seeing a generation that are not only unable to buy a home, but also struggling to find affordable places to rent close to their work, school and community. Melbourne does have one trick up its sleeve that many parents are increasingly exploring. Melbourne is strewn with under-utilised laneways and many home owners are creating a second residence in their backyard with frontage to the laneway, where their adult children can live during university and early employment. These second residences are becoming fully independent studio homes for adult children, allowing them to save and plan, whilst continuing to contribute to the essence of Melbourne’s most vibrant and cultural suburbs.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Changing transport needs

While Brickface offers the security of a permanent, independent home for the owner’s daughter in years to come, it has also been designed to adapt to changing transport needs. With the rapid onset of driverless cars we will see home owners searching for new uses for their garage spaces. The ground level at Brickface has been deliberately designed with high ceilings, so it can easily be adapted into a generous living space. The garage door can be removed and replaced, to create a generous entry into a lounge, or alternatively the owners daughter may choose to start a business on the ground floor and simply replace the garage door with a glazed shop front. There is a swath of potential for this space that, at the moment, is only a temporary storage zone for vehicles. Yet, in the future, it can be so much more.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

The laneway

Brickface sits hard up to the laneway on two sides, in a corner position. The building terminates a row of garage doors and newer outbuildings that tumble down the hill. Built from recycled brick, the structure is a solid and secure bookend that presents a character that looks to have existed well before the other buildings along the lane.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Brickface is a compact building situated at the rear of an existing house in Richmond, Melbourne. It consists of a garage at ground level, studio living/guest bedroom at first floor, and a roof deck. A new pool and entertaining deck extends the home’s entertaining area, while the roof terrace becomes the missing productive garden. The main living area of the existing house faces south and opens up onto the new terrace and pool. The backdrop to this view is the rising high wall of Brickface.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

The red brick is interspersed with contrasting red and blue glazed bricks from the PGH Vibrant range (Rhapsody and Watermelon) to introduce light & shadow, pattern and colour. The round windows of the building and the sculptural form of the parapet combine with the character of the recycled brick to soften the solid block.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Brickface sits hard up to the laneway on two sides in a corner position. The building terminates a row of garage doors and newer outbuildings that tumble down the hill. Built from recycled bricks, the structure is a solid and secure bookend, that presents a character that looks to have existed well before the other buildings along the lane.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Austin Maynard Architects

Austin Maynard Architects was established to strike a balance between built projects and polemical design studies. The resulting highly crafted constructed work and socio-political concepts have garnered global recognition. AMA projects are frequently awarded, published and exhibited throughout the world.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Biography: Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard is a Tasmanian now living and working in Fitzroy, Australia. Andrew Maynard Architects was established in 2002 after Andrew won the Asia Pacific Design Award’s grand prize for his mobile work station.

Image Courtesy © Tess Kelly

Image Courtesy © Austin Maynard Architects

Biography: Mark Austin

Mark Austin is also a staunchly proud Tasmanian. He joined Andrew Maynard Architects in 2007 and became a director of the practice in 2009. In 2016 the name was changed to Austin Maynard Architects to officially recognise his contribution. He is also a director of Nightingale on Sydney Road.

Image Courtesy © Austin Maynard Architects

Image Courtesy © Austin Maynard Architects

Conversational: Andrew Maynard

Andrew is Tasmanian and has a bachelor of Environmental Design and a bachelor of Architecture (with honours), both of which he received at the University of Tasmania. He was invited to undertake a PhD at RMIT university, which he started, however someone at RMIT said something mean to him once so he threw a tantrum and left.

Image Courtesy © Austin Maynard Architects

Image Courtesy © Austin Maynard Architects

Conversational: Mark Austin

Mark is regarded as the bedrock and navigator of AMA. It’s his diligence, acumen and professionalism that clients trust, respect and rely on. Though he’s been known to wear thongs to a building site, builders appreciate his hands on attitude, practical knowledge and problem solving abilities.

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