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April 10, 2013
Originally published in Global Style
The Right Profile
To shield an addition and new courtyard for a bungalow in greater Melbourne, architect Anthony Clarke fitted its facade with strips of rough-sawn Victorian ash.

Bearing the brunt of the afternoon sun is the home's new Victorian ash siding.

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The Half Full table and bench by Ross Gardam

The Half Full table and bench are by Ross Gardam.

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Street view of profile house.

The new Victorian ash siding keeps the interior courtyard cool.

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Interior courtyard made of blackbutt wood.

The addition is clad in grooved painted plywood and the new deck is made from blackbutt wood, the sort used for wharves.

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profile house facade

Bearing the brunt of the afternoon sun is the home's new Victorian ash siding.

Profile House

After more than ten years in a 930-square-foot house in Melbourne’s inner suburb of Brunswick East, Paul and Margaret Mazur—as well as their two kids and Margaret’s mother—simply needed more room. The extra 900 square feet of living space and a luminous courtyard designed by the architecture firm Bloxas fit the bill nicely with their warm wooden material palette and a clear agenda of sustainability.

The real aesthetic trick though, isn’t on the inside but on the western exterior. Here, a facade and fence wrought from hardy, inexpensive, local timber provides a bit of privacy for the residents while cutting an arresting streetside figure. It looks as though the addition itself has been halved down the middle, leaving a flat, striated section on view to the neighbors. According to architect Anthony Clarke, the series of boards are little trouble to replace, will patina over the years, and offer a nod to Brunswick East’s industrial past, but with, as he puts it, “a softer, more humane touch and scale.”

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