Swanky laneway house in Melbourne is built of recycled red brick

August 11, 2017 by  
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Austin Maynard Architects continues their valiant fight against the cookie-cutter McMansions of Australia with a beautiful new project built of recycled red brick. Located in Richmond, Melbourne within a laneway, the Brickface is a compact house addition at the end of the existing building’s rear yard. The modern and playful extension includes a garage on the ground level, studio living/guest suite above, and a roof deck. Brickface stands out from its laneway neighbors thanks to its recycled red brick facade, large round windows, sculptural form, and garage doors that are painted black instead of white to recede into the building face. The side of the extension facing the main house features an eye-catching outdoor spiral staircase, as well as a playful extruded pattern of red and blue glazed brick from the PGH Vibrant range. A new entertaining space with a pool and terrace was built between the existing home’s main living area and Brickface. “Melbourne’s property market is so inflated, that we’re now seeing a generation that are not only unable to buy a home, but also struggling to find affordable places to rent close to their work, school and community,” wrote Austin Maynard Architects. “ Melbourne does have one trick up its sleeve that many parents are increasingly exploring. Melbourne is strewn with under-utilised laneways and many home owners are creating a second residence in their backyard with frontage to the laneway, where their adult children can live during university and early employment. These second residences are becoming fully independent studio homes for adult children, allowing them to save and plan, whilst continuing to contribute to the essence of Melbourne’s most vibrant and cultural suburbs.” Related: Austin Maynard Architects restores a beach shack in their crusade against McMansions Flexibility was built into Brickface’s design. The ground-floor garage can be easily adapted into a large living space or even an office. The high-ceilinged contemporary interiors are filled with natural light and the walls painted a bright light blue. The accessible roof terrace can be used for entertaining and as garden space. + Austin Maynard Architects Images by Tess Kelly

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Timber holiday home frames breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps

February 4, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Timber holiday home frames breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AFGH Architects , alps , Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler , concrete cellar , contemporary interior , holiday home , kinked floor plan , panoramic windows , reflective light , Rigi , snow covered mountains , swiss alps , Switzerland , timber architecture

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Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds

February 4, 2015 by  
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If President Obama was looking for any additional reasons to veto the senate’s recent vote in favor of Keystone XL , the EPA just handed him what could be the defining argument against building the controversial pipeline. In a letter to the State Department, the EPA explains in detail how a staggering 1.37 billion metric tons of additional greenhouse gases will be released if Keystone XL goes ahead. Read the rest of Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , Climate Change , crude oil , emissions , environmental destruction , environmental impact , epa , global warming , greenhouse gases , keystone , keystone xl , obama , oil prices , oil sands , pipeline , state department , tar sands , Veto

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