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Dark Horse / Architecture Architecture

Dark Horse / Architecture Architecture

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Brunswick East, Australia
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Architecture Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    107.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    ATLITE, Academy Tiles, Austral Bricks, LOCKER GROUP, Radial Timbers, Timberzoo, VAULKER HAUG
  • Lead Architects

    Michael Roper, Nick James
  • Photographs

  • Builder

    Sinjen
  • Engineers

    Kersulting, Perrett Simpson Stantin
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© Peter Bennetts
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Text description provided by the architects. In a row of workers’ cottages, there is one Dark Horse – a handsome creature. The stepped parapet, centered window, sidelined door and entrance awning are carried with the familiar, unassuming composure of its neighbors. Yet here the materials, stark in their composition, have a distinctly 21st-century character, hinting at the contemporary home within.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

Indeed, the palette of black, white and gray is carried throughout the house, lending tonal variation and spatial depth to an otherwise diminutive site. The play of tones establishes a subtle field of spaces that expand and contract, creating moments of generosity and intimacy.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

In the living areas, where space and light are abundant, the material palette is darker, creating spaces of comfortable repose. Here, sensitive use of acoustic treatment reinforces these qualities.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

In the corridors where space is tighter, the palette lightens and the ceilings lift. The corridor walls - slim and prefabricated to maximize internal space – are lined with a metal sheet to reflect light deep into the house.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
Fist Floor Plan
Fist Floor Plan

In the heart of the house, the living areas open onto a courtyard. The high-ceilinged corridors pinwheel out from this heart, establishing a sunlit center around which most daily activity occurs.

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© Peter Bennetts

Upstairs, a warmer palette of timber floors and lining boards sets the tone for the private quarters, while dramatic skylights and generous windows cast this Dark Horse in abundant natural light.

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

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Cite: "Dark Horse / Architecture Architecture" 08 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/877266/dark-horse-architecture-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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