This Blairgowrie project takes the letterbox to a whole new level.
January 20th, 2009
Designed by architects, McBride Charles Ryan, this Blairgowrie residential project sits among the traditional beach houses of the Mornington Peninsula.
“It makes people smile, a building with the smallest façade on the peninsula – the building begins as the letterbox and unfurls to become this healthy scaled verandah, to some it is an upturned boat, to others its a wave, a cliff,” say Project Architects Rob McBride and Debbie-Lyn Ryan.
Using the house number, ‘7’, the letterbox-sized façade evolves into a two storey structure at the rear.
The building is clad on one side with stained timber decking, from the deck to the slanted walls, that creates an almost continuous, wave-like form.
Inside the four-bedroom home you move from the natural-coloured, yet geometric, exterior into a brightly modern space splashed with vibrant red, sharp white and commanding blacks.
In their design statement, as they have with the building, the architects evoke a sense of a relaxed detachment from the city life:
“The peninsula is the place where you suspend formality and convention for a while – we wanted the building to do this and to remind you of that – it moves too far from architectural convention towards the other disciplines – that was the intention.”
“It becomes ambiguous – What is it? Where is the front door? You don’t need a ‘front door’ in a holiday house – you just find your way in.”
Featured in the current issue of Architecture Review Australia, the letterbox house will undoubtedly attract some much-deserved attention as the year rolls on.
Photography by John Gollings
Principal Architects Robert McBride, Debbie-Lyn Ryan
Project team Adam Pustola, Meredith Dufour, Michael McManus, Angela Woda
Time to complete 12 months
Total Floor Area 290sqm
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