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Cloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson Architects

  • 00:00 - 3 October, 2011
Cloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson Architects
Cloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson Architects, © Christine Francis
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
  • Project Team

    Andrew Simpson, Owen West, Steve Hatzellis, Stephan Bekhor, Michael Barraclough, Eugene An
  • Structural Engineer

    Meyer Consulting
  • Builder

    Camson Homes
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. This project involves alterations and additions to a historic 1830’s building located in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy. Originally operating as private horse stables for a nearby mansion, the triple brick building consists of a double height warehouse space with timber trusses and clerestory windows, adjacent to a two storey hay loft. The conversion of the building to a single family residence required a response that balanced the heritage value of the existing building (which had been deemed individually significant), with the desire of the client for a high tech environmentally sustainable house that reflected their needs as a tight-knit family. Although sited in a dense urban setting, the brief called for a "sense of the natural environment and the seasons with views to the sky from the interior". The clients also commented that the family members “tend to gravitate towards one another from different areas of the house”.

© Christine Francis
© Christine Francis

Sitting on “cloud 9” refers to the 1896 International Cloud-Atlas in which, of the ten cloud types, cloud No. 9, cumulonimbus, was the biggest, puffiest and most comfortable-looking. Clouds exhibit both wave-like patterns and fractal geometries – one of which is referred to as an Apollonian gasket. This geometry forms an underlying system of organization for the house in both plan and section. The main stables area is a large open plan volume where functions are delineated by 360 degree free standing joinery. A winding mezzanine extends overhead, maintaining visual connection between the two levels to reinforce the notion that this is a house that celebrates “family” as a form of social engagement or gemeinschaft.

Text provided by Andrew Simpson Architects.

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© Christine Francis
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bitsroy · October 10, 2011

What an astonishing house. And right here in Fitzroy.

Nour Alqahtani · October 06, 2011

very challending design. the spaces combine both the organic nature and modernity effortlessly

anie_kind_of_positivity · October 05, 2011

sensationally sensuous!
spaces that are challenging for some!

up_today_arch · October 05, 2011

ummm.... too complicated....)

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Kevin Schoonmaker · October 04, 2011

House by andrew simpson; its eclectic and disorganized; however, I think its variety communicates a modern style

Nicholas Patten · October 04, 2011

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