Sometimes it takes looking to the past and pulling cues from previous design theories to break new ground and push modern green design forward. Dezeen shows us Edwards Moore’s stunning renovation of an existing apartment in Fitzroy, Melbourne that creates more available space by stripping away dividing walls and focusing on the concept of continuous living space called “Raumplan”, which was developed by architect Adolf Loos in the 1920’s. Dubbed Cubby House, the project is filled with reclaimed materials, features transforming spaces that define multiple functions, and has reflective views that increase indoor natural lighting.
Adolf Loos was a Czech-born Austrian architect famous for his essay Ornament and Crime, where he argues that unnecessary décor should be punishable as if it were a crime. Loo’s other popular theory,”Raumplan,” is based on the idea that instead of dividing a house up into rooms by adding walls — a house should consist of one continuous arrangement of living spaces. Edwards Moore rid Cubby House of walls and doors providing a floor plan with enhanced flexibility and sustainability.
The project’s intent was to enhance and add an extension to an already existing apartment overlooking a public swimming pool. Edwards Moore maximized floor space on the first floor and provided an extra floor that houses a bedroom and bathroom. The design studio wanted to connect the interior spaces to the exterior by developing ways to reflect the views of the neighborhood outdoor pool into the interior.