Designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Pty. Ltd., the initial idea was to challenge the conventional ‘box on the back’ type addition with a sculptural form born of site restraints. Located in Melbourne, Australia. This project is about a house that engages with childhood in a playful way, that reconciles the programmatic requirements of a growing family with an unexpected sculptural response: a Trojan house. This alterations and additions project addresses a briefing requirement of providing space for a young growing family with 3 children under the age of 10.
Three kids bedrooms and a bathroom were placed cantilevering above the garden, above a large living space below. This program was then wrapped in a seamless timber skin, covering roof, windows and walls. The construction technique for the addition involves a cost efficient waterproof fiber cement cladding system with timber battens and rainscreen over. The large cantilever is achieved through the construction of two large steel trusses which are embedded in the walls. At first floor level a breezeway corridor and thermal chimney void enable cross ventilation to all bedrooms as well as drawing warm air up and out of the living spaces below during summer.