Dorman House / Austin Maynard Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  224
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Peter Bennetts
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Focus, Adbri, Ampelite, Durabeam, Laminated Timber Supplies, Lexan Themoclick, Silvertop Ash
  • Architects In Charge: Mark Austin, Andrew Maynard
  • Design Architect: Andrew Maynard
  • Project Team: Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Natalie Miles
  • Project Architect: Mark Austin
  • Country: Australia
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Dorman House / Austin Maynard Architects - Windows
© Peter Bennetts

Text description provided by the architects. Clients Kate and Grant had a beach house in Lorne, Victoria, which they loved and valued greatly. They asked ‘how could we add a clear and elevated view of the ocean without demolishing, damaging or dominating our beloved shack?’

Dorman House / Austin Maynard Architects - Table, Chair, Beam, Windows, Deck
© Peter Bennetts

Dorman House is a finely crafted timber box, independently constructed to hover over the existing beach house. In contrast to the neighbours, it has been designed to weather, to go grey and age, and sink back into the landscape, back into the bush.

Dorman House / Austin Maynard Architects - Beam, Windows
© Peter Bennetts

The elevated box extension sits on top of a structure of industrial-looking posts and beams and comprises of a kitchen, dining and living room, accessed via a spiral staircase. Though the client’s asked to “save our shack but give us the view” they also wanted to create a space that was not solely focused on the vista. What could easily have been a white plasterboard box filled with downlights is, instead, detailed and well considered, radiating warmth and calm. Internally lined with Silvertop Ash, it’s a place that exudes character and responds to the seasonal changes and hours of the day. 

Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The new living space does not protrude forward over the ridge-line of the old house and avoids dominating the original shack unnecessarily.

The undercroft of the new living space is a simple infill of the heavy timber structure, to create a useable space without adding mass that would dominate the original property. We have lined the space with polycarbonate, to allow an abundance of filtered light to fill the room. Though the old kitchen was transformed into a second bathroom and laundry, the original beach house remains mostly unchanged. It was tidied up and repainted so that the charm and character of the post war shack was retained.

Dorman House / Austin Maynard Architects - Deck
© Peter Bennetts

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