Ten Innovative Melbourne houses will be open to the public on 10 August 2014, through the Robin Boyd Foundation. These exemplary inner-city and Peninsula residential houses were awarded or shortlisted in the 2014 Victorian Architecture Awards by the Australian Institute of Architects. Each demonstrates design excellence with an emphasis on quality, sustainability and affordability.
Cubo House, Fitzroy North – PHOOEY Architects
One half of a heritage listed pair of Victorian semi-detached mirror-twin terrace houses that have been altered & extended to create a sustainable family home.
The Commons, Brunswick – Breathe Architecture
A project that is about people not architectural form demonstrating sustainable urbanisation.
North Melbourne Townhouses, North Melbourne – FreadmanWhite
An architectural study into the benefits of flexible spatial relationships operating at varying scales of an individual dwelling and cluster of townhouses.
Fairfield Hacienda, Fairfield – MRTN Architects
On the fringe of Melbourne’s inner suburbs, this new family home stands out in an established residential street of Victorian villas and Californian bungalows.
St Kilda East House, St Kilda – Clare Cousins Architects
A series of insertions into this period home injects light deep into the plan. The design extends the two wings established in the original plan.
Family Apartment, Garden City – NMBW Architecture Studio
Generated by the question of how to stay living in the inner city with two children. Buildings are given a new phase of life and contemporary relevance .
Lightbox, Fitzroy – Edwards Moore
A small single storey terrace house, dwarfed by the surrounding urban fabric. The aim, to increase living spaces, improve connectivity, access natural light and maintain privacy.
Hover House, Mt Martha – Bower Architecture
A house that re-imagines the single dwelling courtyard and explores the subsequent architectural opportunities on an Australian battle axe block with minimal street frontage.
Cabin 2, Blairgowrie – Maddison Architects
An extension/addition to an existing 1960’s log cabin located in bayside Blairgowrie.
Somers Beach House, Somers – March Studio
A welcomed opportunity to revisit some bygone values of beach house design in a sleepy Victorian seaside town.
The tour is self-guided, with locations provided on the tickets. Bookings are essential.
10 August 2014
Melbourne houses: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Peninsula houses: 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm
$90 general public, $70 foundation members, $40 students
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