I simply had to give you another Andrew Maynard (W*90 Architects’ Directory) innovation.
This one is yet again a refurbishment to an existing Victorian terrace home in Melbourne’s inner city. He is clearly a clever chap in that he has maximised the space without losing the charm of the home.
The game is called Hide and Seek
This one is called the Vader House- I think because it resembles Darth’s helmet – and the brief from the client was to create a flexible area suitable for entertaining. He had 184 sq. meters to play with. And play he did. There is an element of Hid -And -Seek throughout the space.
The boundaries between inside and outside were blurred.
Openness and adaptability were the key elements in the design. Multifunctionality was brought in to all the zones of the house – allowing the focus to change according to the client’s needs. (See how the spa gets covered over with a sliding
The fabulously light home was created by using glass throughout and the folding glass doors open the spaces between the old and the new, merging the passage into the courtyard, pulling the decking into the living area and turning the kitchen area into a central feature.
The window on the bathroom which faces the courtyard can be turned opaque when privacy is an issue and the mezzanine study is hidden away at the top of the stairs. White panels were erected along the courtyard area to conceal the usual unsightly services, yet stopping in the living area to expose the old existing boundary wall.
Splashes of red here and there add an interesting and bold element and the meshed walkway above the courtyard is truly a super element – allowing for a secret little getaway for watching the sun go down over the city.
Urban living at its best. Space, views, hidden gems, and flexible entertaining areas.
What more could you wish for in a small urban space? Perhaps a Piña Colada?