We were lucky enough this week to get a sneak peek of a new project by Andrew Maynard: a residential extension to an existing house in Melbourne. By prioritizing solar exposure and flexible construction, Maynard refreshed the home and designed a complementary adjacent structure to open and increase the space.

Our practice is interested in the possibility of malleable and mobile space, especially in residential design. We want buildings to respond to the emerging social conditions created by mobile technology such as mobile phones, laptops, PDAs, cars, planes, etc. Though we have numerous conceptual designs, [this] house, with its removable walls, is our first tiny step towards building our numerous experiments.


The new building uses recycled grey iron bark portal frames to give a sense of pre-industrial age. Within the frame, the details of the building are vibrant and light, with intelligent use of screening and color. The architects hope to see the surrounding greenery grow up around the base of the building, creating a wild natural foundation, over which the structure appears to hang lightly.

The fantastic images Andrew sent our way tell most of the story — this is true indoor/outdoor living (even the bathroom opens onto the yard). Boundaries blur and domestic activities spill out of the enclosed area, facilitating constant interaction with green, growing space.

The layering between internal and external spaces creates an organic series of connections visually and actually between original, new and external spaces. The kitchen ‘box’ acts as the bridge between the old and new, acting as a negotiator between the two languages.

+ Andrew Maynard Architects