Residence AD&H

Flemington, Victoria, Australia
Location
  • Flemington, Victoria, Australia
  • Structure
  • House (Multi Residence)
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Bedrooms
  • 6
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • This unusual project began as a conversation with a former client. Her daughter’s young family had become cramped in their small house. Could we possibly find a simple solution to extend the building to accommodate a couple, three children, a dog, a cat, a large collection of musical instruments, and a versatile working space?

    After initial studies exploring conventional additions, we changed approach. Our client, living in the house next door, was in the opposite situation. Her house had two spare rooms and plenty of unused space… Could we use the fact that the three generations were living in adjoining houses given that the backyards were already joined? Our response was a “room bridge” that would link the two houses in one simple gesture

    One of the “spare rooms” was reconfigured as a bedroom for the teenage granddaughter and an old over-sized laundry was transformed into a barrier-free bathroom. A series of communal spaces - a music room and a study - were used to connect the houses while providing a buffer zone between the two private and fully independent dwellings. These moves incorporate the unused spaces without transforming the two dwellings into one big, shared house. All members of the family can now live, work and study without tripping over each other

    The project investigates concepts of closeness and distance between generations - family oriented interaction versus retreat into individual private spaces. It allows the family to benefit from the advantages of inter-generational living - such as mutual support and ageing in place - without losing their sense of independence

    The project also explores notions of sustainability and housing affordability by re-configuring two existing houses into a flexible “house of houses”, a configuration that could be useful to future family scenarios...

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    Modern home with outdoor, trees, shrubs, vertical fence, and front yard. Room Bridge Photo  of Residence AD&H

    Room Bridge

    Modern home with windows, picture window type, and wood. Room Bridge Photo 2 of Residence AD&H

    Room Bridge

    Modern home with windows, picture window type, and wood. Room Bridge Photo 3 of Residence AD&H

    Room Bridge

    Modern home with office, study, desk, and carpet floor. Study Window Photo 4 of Residence AD&H

    Study Window

    Modern home with office, desk, carpet floor, shelves, and study. Study Desk Photo 5 of Residence AD&H

    Study Desk

    Modern home with office, study, desk, shelves, and carpet floor. Study Desks Photo 6 of Residence AD&H

    Study Desks

    Modern home with office, study, and light hardwood floor. Music Room Photo 7 of Residence AD&H

    Music Room

    Modern home with kids room, playroom, and light hardwood floor. Music Room Photo 8 of Residence AD&H

    Music Room

    Modern home with kids room, playroom, and light hardwood floor. Music Room Photo 9 of Residence AD&H

    Music Room

    Modern home with hallway and light hardwood floor. Corridor & Entry Photo 10 of Residence AD&H

    Corridor & Entry

    Modern home with bedroom, shelves, table lighting, and light hardwood floor. Bedroom Photo 11 of Residence AD&H

    Bedroom

    Occupation Diagram Photo 12 of Residence AD&H modern home

    Occupation Diagram