In 2010 we declared Australian architect Andrew Maynard to be the Best of Green young architect. He is still the one to watch, and just won yet another award for a renovation and addition to a Victorian house in Melbourne.
There is always an issue when renovating historic houses: do you blend in and stick to the vernacular, or do you stick out with something completely different? Andrew Maynard is not the blending in type. He really sticks out.
Andrew notes that it is unusual to build like this in Melbourne:
In greater Melbourne space is readily available and flat which has led to predominately wide flat single storey homes, and furthermore has led to Australia having the largest houses in the world. But what if we introduce a footprint restriction where one need not exist?
What if we build a tall thin structure that maximizes the small back yard. We produce spaces that, though familiar in many parts of the world, are unfamiliar in Australia; tall, tight cavernous spaces with light cascading from above.
It comes with its own graffiti management plan.
We have an exposed cedar wall on the boundary. Tagging is to be expected on almost any exposed wall around Melbourne. Most tagging is drawn with black spray paint. To combat this we introduced a black graphic to the facade that either makes the black tag invisible or alternatively can be quickly painted over to discourage additional tagging. The graphic used is the child like image of a suburban home. Here we see the overlap of two distinct approaches to the single family house; the stereotypical Australian home overlaid on the import.
Andrew continues to be the most blogger-friendly architect on the web; you can not only download dozens of photos, but he publishes a papercraft template so you can build a model yourself. Zillions more photos, sketches and stuff to see at Andrew Maynard Architects