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Tree House in Kew, Melbourne
Property Extension Development in Victoria, Australia – design by Andrew Child Architecture
4 Feb 2019
Kew Tree House
Design: Andrew Child Architecture
Location: Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Tree House, Kew
There was a cluster of huge trees in the backyard which the owners loved, so they became integral to the design of the new rear addition.
The owners wanted to upgrade the internally awkward and dark middle suburban Californian Bungalow into a light, modern 3 bedroom + study residence.
Through the angling of the glass rear wall, the angling of the eave and decks, the use of a restrained internal material palette and the terracing down of the floor and deck levels to follow the site, the intention was to create a varied + generous interior animated by the light, trees, shadows and landscape.
A retired medical professional couple who saw an opportunity to create an investment property that could one day transition into a high quality home for themselves.
The Brief was:
1. To upgrade an internally awkward and dark middle suburban Californian Bungalow into a light, modern 3 bedroom + study residence.
2. Prioritise the cluster of huge gum trees in the rear yard
3. In the immediate future it was to serve as an investment property – to be leased as an “executive level” rental. In the longer term it was to provide a future home for the owners.
What were the key challenges?
1. Satisfying the bipolar requirements of a project that would not only appeal to the owners’ tastes but also be attractive to unknown future tenants.
2. Satisfying the requirement for a high quality result on an “investment” budget.
What were the solutions to these key challenges?
1. A series of distinct and simple spaces with high quality white finishes were chosen so:
a. The interior would not overpower the views of the backyard greenery and shadows.
b. It would allow any prospective tenants to more easily personalise the spaces
c. The owners had many brightly coloured and intricate objects and furniture from their extensive overseas travelling. It was felt that a series of simple yet distinct white spaces would more flexibly accommodate these when the time came.
2. The new addition is a relatively simple form with a roof that is flat and economical. Within this, the floor levels were varied and a high level of finish was used to create distinct spaces of some quality.
Maximised north facing low e double glazed windows + minimised south, west & east facing windows
The trees are integral to the project. They informed the shape of the new addition and, in conjunction with the angled eave, protect it from excessive summer sun.
Tree House, Kew, Melbourne – Building Information
Project size: 180 sqm
Site size: 600 sqm
Completion date: 2010
Building levels: 1
Structural Engineer: Perrett Simpson Stantin
Builder: Kleev Homes
Architect: Andrew Child Architecture
Photography: Rhiannon Slatter
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Location:Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ‘
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