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Blurred House / BiLD architecture

  • 01:00 - 19 December, 2011
Blurred House / BiLD architecture
Blurred House / BiLD architecture, © Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

© Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne © Tanja Milbourne +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Architects

    BiLD architecture 
  • Project Director

    Ben Milbourne
  • Project Team

    Haslet Grounds, Alison Stout, Edmund Carter, John Doyle
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. The first in a series of studies into the adaptation of vernacular Australian suburban typologies, ‘Blurred House’ is a major renovation and extension to an original 1930’s Californian bungalow in Melbourne’s inner-north. Reacting to the established convention of residential extension which prescribes a jarring juxtaposition of existing ‘old’ and introduced ‘new’ architectural elements; the ‘Blurred House’ offers an alternative proposition; that of a blurring between ‘old’ and ‘new’ to produce a hybrid. Gradually transitioning from the vernacular to the contemporary, the division of architectural elements are deliberately ambiguous, producing a unique formal and visual language.

© Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

Viewed from the street, the house appears largely unchanged, with a small clerestory window the only hint of reconfiguration. Both internally and externally; moving through the house, new materials, spatial characters and formal language is progressively introduced. By the time of arrival in the back yard, the house has evolved into a different building; no longer recognizable from its original starting point; an architectural ‘rabbit in a hat’.

© Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

Reflecting the formal strategy of transition, rooms at the front of the property are left largely unadulterated, remaining more enclosed. On the other hand, living spaces to the rear are progressively more open and interconnected embracing the garden and pool areas. These varied spaces respond to different ‘modes’ of living, with different volumetric, acoustic, and light qualities. Whilst these spaces are linked to a greater or lesser degree, they are not ‘open plan’ in a conventional sense, rather configured in a more nuanced distribution of distinct spaces and functions.

© Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne

A hybrid of both old and new, oscillating between the past and present, the Blurred House sits comfortably in the street scape as something familiar yet alien. Distinct from both the area’s new housing and the original suburban fabric the ‘Blurred House’ is neither little red riding hood or the big bad wolf, somewhere in between.

© Tanja Milbourne
© Tanja Milbourne
Cite: "Blurred House / BiLD architecture" 19 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/192396/blurred-house-bild-architecture/>
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arquiteturaremota · August 11, 2012
anar-CHIE-tecture · July 08, 2012

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MelbourneDesignAward · February 04, 2012

Blurring old with new, see how BiLD preserved the fantastic Victorian facade with a modern sensibility. http://t.co/eZzauQn1

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