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Dorman by @austinmaynardarchitects . Winner -- Residential Architecture Award, Victorian Architecture Awards 2017. . Built by Spence Construction . Photo by @peterbbennetts . 
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@markaustin3000 #dormanhouse . Clients Kate and Grant had a beach house in Lorne, Victoria, which they loved. They asked ‘how could we add a clear and elevated view of the ocean without de- molishing, damaging or dominating our beloved shack?’ Dorman House is a finely crafted timber box, independently constructed to hover over the existing beach house. In contrast to the neighbours, it has been designed to go grey with age and sink back into the bush. The elevated box extension sits on top of a structure of industrial-looking posts and beams and comprises: kitchen, dining and living room, accessed via a spiral stair- case. Internally lined with Silvertop Ash, it is a detailed and well considered space, exuding warmth, calm and character. The undercroft of the new living space is a simple infill of the heavy timber structure, to create a useable space without adding mass that would dominate the original property. The original beach house remains mostly unchanged, it was tidied up and repainted and the old kitchen became a second bathroom and laundry. The new living space does not protrude forward over the ridge-line of the old house and avoids dominating the original shack unnecessarily.

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Brickface by @austinmaynardarchitects . Brickface is a compact building situated at the rear of an existing house in Richmond, Mel- bourne. 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.  The red brick is interspersed with contrasting red and blue glazed bricks from the PGH Vi- brant 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.  Brickface sits hard up to the laneway on two sides in a corner position. The building termi- nates 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. . Built by TCM
 Photo by @tesskellyphotography .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #BrickFace

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Kiah House by @austinmaynardarchitects . 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 house, built in 1927, has been respectfully restored and updated with a new kitchen and bathroom.  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. 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. . Built by CBD Contracting . Photo by @tesskellyphotography .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #kiahhouse

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Brickface by @austinmaynardarchitects . Brickface is a compact building situated at the rear of an existing house in Richmond, Mel- bourne. 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.  The red brick is interspersed with contrasting red and blue glazed bricks from the PGH Vi- brant 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.  Brickface sits hard up to the laneway on two sides in a corner position. The building termi- nates 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. . Built by TCM
 Photo by @tesskellyphotography .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #BrickFace

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Dorman by @austinmaynardarchitects . Winner -- Residential Architecture Award, Victorian Architecture Awards 2017. . Built by Spence Construction . Photo by @peterbbennetts . 
@maynardarchitect 
@markaustin3000 #dormanhouse . It’s a simple brief, but inherently problematic. Solutions can easily become expen- sive and complicated. After stumbling through the complexities many people choose to demolish their shack and start again. It is an economic decision that many shack owners make, at the expensive of local and family heritage. Our chal- lenge was to avoid doing what some neighbours, and many other people along the coast, have done. We refused to have yet another Great Ocean Road shack sacri- ficed and replaced with a McMansion. We refused to be part of the slow erosion of the Great Ocean Road’s collective cultural memory. Kate and Grant couldn’t agree more.

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King Bill by @austinmaynardarchitects . Built by CBD Contracting
 Photo by Derek Swalwell . @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #kingbill . Winner of the The John and Phyllis Murphy Award, Victorian Architecture Awards 2018. . King Bill is a love letter to Fitzroy. King Bill is a collage of Fitzroy’s built history, its textures, its forms, its order and its chaos. A family of four, long time Fitzroy locals, asked Austin Maynard Architects to design them their “forever house” in the suburb they love. They asked for a renovation to their two story terrace home, incorporating the empty site to the east and re-using the old stable building at the rear. At King Bill we set out to completely re-think the terrace house and the principles that created them. We looked at the house as empty spaces that needed new purpose. Holes have been punched through the boundary wall. A glazed, curved corridor now forms the entrance linking the brick terrace with the steel clad stable (garage, study, parents retreat) and the new glass pavilion (kitchen, living/ dining) surrounded by established garden.

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Empire House, Canberra by @austinmaynardarchitects . Canberra is home to some of the best examples of post-war and modernist architecture in Australia. At Empire House, the brief was for an extension that catches the sun. The result was two pavilions, sympathetic to the existing post-war house, but distinctly contemporary in their detail. The existing house is a modest, Inter-War style bungalow, situated in a well established garden. Orientation was a challenge, as the house overshadows the rear yard. At Austin Maynard Architects we do our best to avoid the simple temptation of demolishing and replacing. The aim was to retain as much of the existing character of this site as possible, and avoid the common trend of adding an imposing, unsympathetic and dominant addition. The living addition is a pavilion in the garden that maximises passive solar gain, connected to the existing house via a link. A large north facing roof window spans across the pavilion, and is protected by operable louvres. The sleeping pavilion is a similar approach of addition and link. This pavilion is visible from the street, so it was important to respect the character of the existing house, but create a distinctly contemporary piece of architecture. The white shingle form rests on a datum of red brick, responding to the materiality of the existing house. The craftsmanship of the white metal shingles is the distinguishing feature of Empire House. Preferred Builders took great care in executing very refined details - particularly the concealed box gutter and the oversized shingle ridge capping. The detailing of materials internally are treated with the same care - particularly the Blackbutt timber lining. Empire House is an exercise of considered intervention and restraint. The two pavilions sit comfortably against the existing house, and place the inhabitants in a beautiful, established garden that is characteristic of this Canberra suburb. . Built by @preferredbuilders_canberra
Photo by Ben Wrigley .
@maynardarchitect
@markaustin3000 #EmpireHouse

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Brickface by @austinmaynardarchitects . Brickface is a compact building situated at the rear of an existing house in Richmond, Mel- bourne. 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.  The red brick is interspersed with contrasting red and blue glazed bricks from the PGH Vi- brant 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.  Brickface sits hard up to the laneway on two sides in a corner position. The building termi- nates 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. . Built by TCM
 Photo by @tesskellyphotography .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #BrickFace

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Westgarth by @austinmaynardarchitects .
 Photo by @tesskellyphotography . 
@maynardarchitect
@markaustin3000 #cutpawpaw . The entry courtyard was the primary point of focus. The existing envelope to this courtyard was replaced with steel framed windows and bi-fold doors, with automated aluminium louvres at high level to shield the house from the harsh western sun. A white perforated steel balcony supported on slender white painted steel trusses offers covered outdoor space, and views to the city, and is accessed via an external spiral stair. Light and shadow, transparency and slenderness add to the character of this balcony and undercroft space, which along with the tree and pond create a beautiful outdoor space directly accessible from the living area.

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King Bill by @austinmaynardarchitects . Built by CBD Contracting
 Photo by Derek Swalwell .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #kingbill . Winner of the The John and Phyllis Murphy Award, Victorian Architecture Awards 2018. . Located in the vibrant back streets of Fitzroy, Melbourne, King Bill is the renovation and extension of a double story terrace house and neighbouring garden. The house (one of 5 terraces built circa 1850) and its eastern garden were initially separate lots that were recently consolidated onto a single title. Recognising the importance and heritage significance of the area, as well as the rich eclectic nature of the location, the terrace facade remains untouched. A glazed corridor now runs along the eastern outer wall of the original terrace, linking the original house with the stable (garage and parents retreat) and the new pavilion, which houses kitchen, living and dining.

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Brickface by @austinmaynardarchitects . Brickface is a compact building situated at the rear of an existing house in Richmond, Mel- bourne. 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.  The red brick is interspersed with contrasting red and blue glazed bricks from the PGH Vi- brant 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.  Brickface sits hard up to the laneway on two sides in a corner position. The building termi- nates 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. . Built by TCM
 Photo by @tesskellyphotography .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #BrickFace

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Tower House by @austinmaynardarchitects . Winner -- The Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award, National Architecture Awards 2015 for Tower House Winner -- The John and Phyllis Murphy Award, Victorian Architecture Awards 2015 for Tower House Winner -- HOUSES Awards, House alteration & addition 2015 for Tower House High Commendation -- World House of the Year, World Architecture Festival 2015 for Tower House . Built by Overend
 Photo by @peterbbennetts .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #towerhouse

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King Bill by @austinmaynardarchitects . Built by CBD Contracting
 Photo by Derek Swalwell . @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #kingbill . Winner of the The John and Phyllis Murphy Award, Victorian Architecture Awards 2018. . King Bill is a love letter to Fitzroy. King Bill is a collage of Fitzroy’s built history, its textures, its forms, its order and its chaos. A family of four, long time Fitzroy locals, asked Austin Maynard Architects to design them their “forever house” in the suburb they love. They asked for a renovation to their two story terrace home, incorporating the empty site to the east and re-using the old stable building at the rear. At King Bill we set out to completely re-think the terrace house and the principles that created them. We looked at the house as empty spaces that needed new purpose. Holes have been punched through the boundary wall. A glazed, curved corridor now forms the entrance linking the brick terrace with the steel clad stable (garage, study, parents retreat) and the new glass pavilion (kitchen, living/ dining) surrounded by established garden.

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Empire House, Canberra by @austinmaynardarchitects . Canberra is home to some of the best examples of post-war and modernist architecture in Australia. At Empire House, the brief was for an extension that catches the sun. The result was two pavilions, sympathetic to the existing post-war house, but distinctly contemporary in their detail. The existing house is a modest, Inter-War style bungalow, situated in a well established garden. Orientation was a challenge, as the house overshadows the rear yard. At Austin Maynard Architects we do our best to avoid the simple temptation of demolishing and replacing. The aim was to retain as much of the existing character of this site as possible, and avoid the common trend of adding an imposing, unsympathetic and dominant addition. The living addition is a pavilion in the garden that maximises passive solar gain, connected to the existing house via a link. A large north facing roof window spans across the pavilion, and is protected by operable louvres. The sleeping pavilion is a similar approach of addition and link. This pavilion is visible from the street, so it was important to respect the character of the existing house, but create a distinctly contemporary piece of architecture. The white shingle form rests on a datum of red brick, responding to the materiality of the existing house. The craftsmanship of the white metal shingles is the distinguishing feature of Empire House. Preferred Builders took great care in executing very refined details - particularly the concealed box gutter and the oversized shingle ridge capping. The detailing of materials internally are treated with the same care - particularly the Blackbutt timber lining. Empire House is an exercise of considered intervention and restraint. The two pavilions sit comfortably against the existing house, and place the inhabitants in a beautiful, established garden that is characteristic of this Canberra suburb. . Built by @preferredbuilders_canberra
Photo by Ben Wrigley .
@maynardarchitect
@markaustin3000 #EmpireHouse

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Dorman by @austinmaynardarchitects . Winner -- Residential Architecture Award, Victorian Architecture Awards 2017. . Built by Spence Construction . Photo by @peterbbennetts . 
@maynardarchitect 
@markaustin3000 #dormanhouse . The elevated extension sits on top of a heavy timber structure and comprises a kitchen, dining and living room, accessed via a spiral staircase. Polycarbonate was used as a lightweight cladding to infill the structure below, creating a useable space without adding mass that would dominate the original property. The new living space does not protrude forward over the ridge-line of the old house and avoids dominating the original shack unnecessarily.

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Dorman by @austinmaynardarchitects . Winner -- Residential Architecture Award, Victorian Architecture Awards 2017. . Built by Spence Construction . Photo by @peterbbennetts . 
@maynardarchitect 
@markaustin3000 #dormanhouse . The undercroft of the new living space is a simple infill of the heavy timber structure that holds the living space high up in the view. We have lined the space with poly- carbonate so that an abundance of filter light fills the room. The structure, including bolts and fixing plates is exposed - honest and considered. Although it was originally envisaged as a rumpus room, Kate and Grant loved it so much that they wanted it as their bedroom. We added heavy curtains and huge slid- ing doors so that the space could have as much light and openness as they want- ed. They could leave it open on a moonlit night and sleep with the sea breeze rolling over them, or close it up and curtain it into darkness for a cool summer after- noon nap.

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Hill House by @austinmaynardarchitects . The new structure faces the original house and the sun, employing passive solar gain; saturating itself and its inhabitants with sunlight. The backyard is now the centre of the dwelling - family activities have been shifted to this bright outdoor space. The slope inevitably becomes a natural plaything, creating a non-exhaustive outlet for fun for both children and adults. . Built by Ficus
Photo by @peterbbennetts .
 @maynardarchitect 
@markaustin3000 #hillhouse

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Cut Paw Paw by @austinmaynardarchitects .
 Photo by @peterbbennetts . 
@maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #cutpawpaw . Cut Paw Paw is a structure that is deliberately incomplete. Derek and Michelle, the owners, asked that the house be “ridiculously inside-out”. To accomplish this we not only employed tested and successful ideas such as sliding walls, bifold doors and decks, we also left the building incomplete. The central space, between the dining area and the studio, is an unclad frame within and surrounded by garden. It is both inside and outside. It is both a new building and an old ruin. It is both garden and home.

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