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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.

Kiah House in Fitzroy North, Australia by Austin Maynard Architects

 
January 15th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Austin Maynard Architects

Kiah House is an addition to a weatherboard cottage in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. The extension comprises two separate pieces of architecture, the master bedroom ‘haven’ – which sits beside the original house extending to the northern boundary, and the separate office poised above. The original Victorian-era house, built in 1927, has been respectfully restored and updated with a new kitchen and bathroom.

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  • Architects: Austin Maynard Architects
  • Project: Kiah House
  • Location: Fitzroy North, Australia
  • Photography: tess kelly, Rahul Prasad
  • Builder: CBD Contracting
  • Engineer: R Bliem & Associates
  • Mural: Seb Humphreys – Order 55
  • Landscape Design: Damon Fuhrer Lanscapes

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  • Project Team: Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Natalie Miles, Ray Dinh
  • Site / Floor Area:

    • Site area: 309m2
    • Existing house: 95m2
    • Addition: 68m2 (53m2 ground + 15m2 first)
    • Total Floor area: 163m2
  • Completion date: March 2017

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

The owners, Angela and Rahul had a clear idea of what a home meant to them – “a sanctuary”. They wanted a light and airy house, with a “strong and positive vibe”, to entertain friends and family and also to relax and meditate. Influenced by Japanese gardens and the Buddhist retreats of Kyoto, the design responds to the client’s desire for peace and mindfulness. The bathroom at Kiah takes you to a different place. The sunken brick bath, big enough for two, has an earthy character similar to the ancient Onsen. The master bedroom retreat, with a dedicated Buddhist prayer space, opens up to the garden and ponds via sliding double-glazed glass panels, blurring the lines between inside and outside. An old towering lemon-scented gum tree is embraced and encircled, both physically and metaphorically.

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © tess kelly

Image Courtesy © Rahul Prasad

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Image Courtesy © Rahul Prasad

Image Courtesy © Austin Maynard Architects

Image Courtesy © Austin Maynard Architects

Image Courtesy © Austin Maynard Architects

Image Courtesy © Austin Maynard Architects

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