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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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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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Westgarth by @austinmaynardarchitects .
 Photo by @tesskellyphotography . 
@maynardarchitect
@markaustin3000 #cutpawpaw . New louvres in the arched openings to the courtyard control privacy, without shutting off the street. From the street, this Fitzroy warehouse appears mostly as it previously did. The perforated steel balcony reveals it balustrade above the wall, and hints at the small project that lies behind.

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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 . 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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THAT House by @austinmaynardarchitects . The site is neighboured by huge houses. We were asked to provide the family with ‘just the right amount of space’. By creating large openings and generous connections to the garden we aimed to make this modest- sized house feel abundant and broad. The result is a home that is al- most half the size of its neighbours without compromising liveability. . Built by Sargant Construction
Photo by @tesskellyphotography .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #THAThouse

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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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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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Della Torre by @austinmaynardarchitects . Built by TCM 
Photo by Fraser Marsden .
@maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #dellatorre . The joinery and portals orientate the user towards the garden and the street. Engagement with the outside is key to making the addition work in this context.

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Westgarth by @austinmaynardarchitects .
 Photo by @tesskellyphotography . 
@maynardarchitect
@markaustin3000 #cutpawpaw . This small project in a Fitzroy warehouse included some minor interior fix-ups, a car port, and a redesign of the entry courtyard. The intervention is all about making the warehouse temperature stable, and using this pragmatic starting point as the catalyst to enrich the experience of the house.

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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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King Bill by @austinmaynardarchitects . Built by CBD Contracting
 Photo by Derek Swalwell . @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #kingbill . 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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Dorman by @austinmaynardarchitects . Winner -- Residential Architecture Award, Victorian Architecture Awards 2017. . Built by Spence Construction . Photo by @peterbbennetts . 
@maynardarchitect 
@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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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 . While Kate and Grant asked to “save our shack but give us the view” they also wanted to create a space that was not solely focused on the vista. What could easi- ly have been a white plasterboard box full of downlights is, instead, detailed and well considered. Internally lined with Silvertop Ash, with hardwood portals and beams, it’s a space that exudes character and responds to the seasonal changes and hours of the day. The lighting inside is very evocative, controlled so you can work, or prepare a meal, without flooding the space with light and compromising the view. Full height windows on the northern side of the living space slide open to al- low in the sea breezes. The screening, required in bush fire zones to stop fire em- bers, acts as a balustrade.

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THAT House by @austinmaynardarchitects . Like all of our buildings, sustainability is at the core of THAT House. We have optimised passive solar gain into all north facing windows. All win- dows are double-glazed. We have no glazing on western facades and limited glass on the eastern facades. High performance insulation is everywhere. Along with active management of shade, and passive venti- lation demands on mechanical heating and cooling are drastically re- duced. A large water tank has been buried within the rear yard. All roof water is captured and reused to flush toilets and water the garden. Where possible we have sourced local trades, materials and fittings. So- lar panels with micro-inverters cover the new roof. . Built by Sargant Construction
Photo by @tesskellyphotography .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #THAThouse

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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 Victorian-era 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. 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. . Built by CBD Contracting . Photo by @tesskellyphotography .
 @maynardarchitect
 @markaustin3000 #kiahhouse

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