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Hardie Renovation: Prahran, Victoria, Australia


A modest extension to and existing house, a new Kitchen, Washroom, Laundry and a reorganized Living space was the budget. The clients sought to maximize light and amenity and to have a little fun with the project, and the architects jumped at the opportunity. The geometry of the existing roof and the constraints of the site produced a ‘cocked hat’ solution that gestures towards the suburban back yard and at the same time inspires. The cladding, galvanized steel sheet on cement sheet backing on timber stud framing, gave the project a dazzling quality. An internal light court was introduced to brighten up an otherwise dark Living space. The clients, and the architects, were delighted with the end result- a show piece and talking point as well as a special place to live.Architect: pH ArchitectsPhotography: Courtesy of pH Architects

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