Empire is a deftly executed project that balances fine craft and detail with an intelligent response to the larger issues of suburban living. Initial design decisions and confident planning approaches have energized the existing postwar home by creating clear sight lines through a logical and curated sequence of interconnected spaces. Via the considered placement of two modestly sized pavilions, the relationship of the house to its site has been liberated and refigured, framing views and extending the experience of the interior into the garden. Empire creates a conversation between old and new that can be appreciated at every level.
Empire is located in Forrest, Australian Capital Territory and is built on the land of the Ngunnawal people.
For more coverage, see Eugenie Keefer Bell’s review in Houses 131, on sale 2 December.
- Austin Maynard Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
- Project Team
- Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin (design architects), Ray Dinh (project architect)
Engineer Ken Murtagh
Landscape architect Bush Projects
- Site Details
- Project Details
Type Alts and adds, New houses