Alleys are a common sight in many Australian suburban neighborhoods, and they aren't exactly a visually exciting part of the landscape, no to mention the privacy challenges they create. In Melbourne, Austin Maynard Architects has taken a unique approach to the problem with a home reconfiguration and addition that extends right to the alley and moves the yard area to a much more pleasing place. The ‘Alfred House’ not only adds privacy and more living space to the family home but also brings in natural light, air and greenery through a new internal courtyard.
Austin Maynard Architecture – formerly known as Andrew Maynard Architects – designed the double story terraced home to add privacy and a stronger connection to its environment through a gabled roof extension facing its back alley. The redesign accommodates a bright airy living and dining room filled with colorful furniture that contrasts with its bright white backdrop. There is also a long modern kitchen, a bathroom, a garage for a motorbike and a central courtyard filled with flourishing plants and trees.
An indoor-outdoor space created from a little light well is accessed through sliding double glazed doors. There is also space for an all-white mezzanine office at the top level, also flooded with natural light thanks to the skylight above. North-facing glass and a perforated metal awning enables passive solar gain, while the white angled roofs reduce urban heat, making scorching Aussie summers easier to deal with.
Via Arch Daily
Photos by Fraser Marsden