Architecture can be a very fun component of the arts.
One can play with shape, colour, form & texture.
something which at first appears light-hearted
can actually disguise a much more serious design philosophy.
The site was a long, narrow block with an existing house
facing the street at the front.
Rather than extend "out the back",
this was a chance to question the entire site plan,
to delve into how a family really lives,
and to maximise sunlight in winter & shade in summer.
With rear side access as a bonus,
the resulting floor plan creates two separate pavilions,
the new one at the rear for living
and the original house (reconfigured) at the front for sleeping.
This means there is a sun-trap in the middle,
a place of quiet & retreat in the centre of a busy Melbourne suburb.
And a wonderful place for the 3 children
(and adults) to play.
The 2 pavilions are linked with a dramatic glass-faced corridor.
The new structure continues the playful theme
with spiral stairs
(always a favourite for both swash-buckling kids
and fun-loving adults. Or maybe that's just me???).
Polished concrete floors are family friendly,
so easy to clean &, dare I say it, brilliant for disguising everyday mess.
Adding loose rugs on top creates warmth & colour,
and can be taken outside for more thoroughly cleaning when needed.
The plywood ceilings not only create texture
but would be fabulous for absorbing sound.
The Hill House is playful, yes,
but it is the result of very serious thought.
As all good architecture should be : questioning, questioning, questioning.
lots more images & background :: andrew maynard hill house