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The Trojan House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

  • 01:00 - 26 February, 2010
The Trojan House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
The Trojan House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, © Emma Cross
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Howthorn, Melbourne, Australia
  • Architects

    Jackson Clements Burrows Pty. Ltd.
  • Project Team

    Tim Jackson, Joachim Quino Holland
  • Structural Engineer

    Adams Consulting Engineers.
  • Builder

    Central Home Constructions Pty. Ltd.
  • Clients

    Georgie Pettigrew and David McCombe
  • Landscape

    Adlib Design
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. 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. The initial idea was to challenge the conventional ‘box on the back’ type addition with a sculptural form born of site restraints; such as the ResCode setbacks along the south boundary; the ideal internal programmatic arrangement, the desire to maintain as much back yard as possible and inspired by the rooftop topography of hips and valleys of the existing Edwardian house. Three kids bedrooms and a bathroom were placed cantilevering above the garden, above a large living space below. This programme was then wrapped in a seamless timber skin, covering roof, windows and walls.

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This idea of skin is carried through to the detailing of operable timber shutters that are scattered across the façade where openings are required. The notion of the Trojan house is reflected in the idea of an enveloping skin, a built form which contains the unexpected; where windows are disguised with shutters, and where the internal program is unknown. Internally this program is extrapolated to fit the container with kids bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs and living spaces downstairs. Again an unexpected gesture, when children are not isolated in bedrooms but made to feel part of the greater internal space. A communication void that doubles as a thermal chimney allows for conversation between upstairs and the living spaces below. Visual connections can be made between the levels via the circular windows scattered along the corridor, bathroom and one of the upstairs bedrooms.

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The rain screen solution optimises a passive thermal response by shading the house in summer and partially insulating the house in winter by enabling a warmer air gap between inside and outside.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.

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© Emma Cross

On site water collection has been considered for pool restoration and garden use with 11,000L of water storage available. A grey water system has also been provided to irrigate the garden as part of the sustainability solution. The construction technique for the addition involves a cost efficient waterproof fibre 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.

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The existing house incorporates a reworked master bedroom/ensuite configuration and other minor cosmetic/maintenance works. In summary 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.

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© Emma Cross
Cite: "The Trojan House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects" 26 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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????? · June 13, 2013

I'll be very glad, if I can read more about the construction of this house. Where can I see the constructor's plans?

Hajar · October 12, 2012

i want to see site plan of this project

Netnapis Supongkorn · November 20, 2010
Red · November 20, 2010

I like it. The name and cantilever are justified, but interior furniture is bad. Too much pictures...

canti · November 20, 2010

design is awesome bt photography could have been a bit better....
n could u plz mail me d details f making this much f cantilever i just hav a fascination about cantilevered structures...

Nilufa Yasmin Boby · November 19, 2010

The Trojan House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects | ArchDaily via @archdaily · March 27, 2010

What an amazing renovation: The Trojan House by Australian Architects Jackson Clements Burrows

word · March 02, 2010

somebody went a little overboard using distortion to make the cantilever and spaces look much different spatially than they really are...

Grey Factory · March 02, 2010

??????????? ??????????: The Trojan House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects:

Arquitetura da Vila · March 02, 2010

Projeto interessante de ampliação da casa, já que a família cresceu. Serve de arguemnto para convencer o calculista ;)

pufftank · March 02, 2010

16 photos of the same boring cantilever... yawn. understand the what and how, but why...

wicked10 · December 04, 2010 04:25 AM

because the green space in the backyard is essential. the architects knew this and tried to occupy as little space as posible from the backyard (a green space in wich the children will play) and the only logical way to do this having in thought they needed a certain amount of space was simply tu put the house over the backyard.

loosman · March 02, 2010

ygogolak - look up from your iphone.
A key to sustaining density and growth is in managing the settings of our cities, in this case, the field of suburbia.
Land occupation is custodial, not rightful ownership.
Architects and their clients should stop building self-indulgent object buildings for themselves only, at the expense of the neighbourhood setting, collective natural resources, significant native vegetation, biodiversity, cultural heritage and beauty, all of which are actually of more interest to society than an inappropriate dcm rip-off.....

ygogolak · March 03, 2010 03:10 AM

look up from my i-phone? what are you talking about? you know they put those google maps on here for a reason. why don't you take a look at the aerial and get back to me.
"self-indulgent object buildings for themselves only, at the expense of the neighbourhood setting.."
1. the addition is in the rear of the house and is not subject to the public perception of the neighborhood
2. if something is done badly or wrong before we are supposed to accept that and design to that standard?

again, this is a private residence, people are allowed to do what they want to their house

Amanda · March 02, 2010

Very typical of a Victorian Architect. Commercial ideas adapted (or not) to a residence. Very sterile and lacks life. Disappointing also for Hawthorn 'Howthorn' with it being such a beautiful area. The front is amazing.

Michael · March 02, 2010

It appears someone forgot that people will live in this.
Look at the interior.
There are just a few scraps of designer furniture floating in space. It's hardly the kind of place you'd want to sit in for extended periods of time.
A lot of effort has gone into how this addition will photograph from the outside, but it looks like designing a liveable interior was secondary.

Isabel Barros · March 01, 2010

Cool design. The Trojan House

loosman · March 01, 2010

the architects are clearly very proud of their cantilever. yawn. This is an example of perverse zombie modernism - the result of architects who snort self gratification like coke.
This work denies the broader needs of society, neighbourhood and city, and is evidence that a culture has lost its sight....

ygogolak · March 02, 2010 12:32 AM

I fail to see how an addition to the rear of a house "denies the needs of a broader society". Sounds like you yourself have "snort self gratification like coke".
I guess any person or family has a need for more space is subject to fixing all of the problems of the world.

Andrew · March 01, 2010 07:11 AM

Well said loosman. When will the this trend change?

Andrew · February 28, 2010

A better name would be "testosterone house"
I feel sorry for the neighbors, this is not a sensitive addition.

Camilo Alzate · February 28, 2010

Me gusta realmente el trabajo que hicieron con esta casa.

No me llamó la atención hasta que vi que era una adecuación de lo existente.

RGoldschmidt · February 28, 2010

Cad, why do you think about the name of the house, or, you don't know about Troia legend. And for anybody else, what wood is used for this house?

Assis Haubert · February 27, 2010

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Nicolas C. · February 27, 2010

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cad · February 27, 2010

Great, now do the same to the front.

jg · February 27, 2010

this is a nice house....too bad the text (and above all the forceful and incredibly flawed wanting to explain a normal and standard house as a reversal of the set standards) left a little knot in my stomach....
why would putting kids in the upper stories of a building be "an unexpected gesture" and why being on a second floor would make them feel a more part of the internal space than being on the ground floor???

Such a control in the making of this little house and such an overblown and reckless rethoric in the text.

And the name...we dont need vain metaphors,,,odysseus is laughing in his grave.....

...but i like it, is nice!!!!

Bocetos Digitales · February 27, 2010

The Trojan House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects: © Emma Cross
Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Pty. Ltd...

André Amaral · February 27, 2010

Excelente relação antigo/contemporâneo RT @archdaily

The Trojan House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Graham Cowen · February 27, 2010

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Paz Molinari · February 27, 2010

RT @archdaily: The Trojan House / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects - have a look, would you like to live in it?


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