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Frenches Interior / Sibling Architecture

Frenches Interior / Sibling Architecture

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  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs
    Photographs:  Christine Francis
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Okalux, Sibling Architecture.
© Christine Francis
© Christine Francis

Text description provided by the architects. Accessibility in architecture can often be reduced to universal measurements and requirements, such as wheelchair turning circles, grab bar details or standard countertop heights. Frenches Interiors develops a different and domestic type of accessibility, which is inspired by the profession of the clients who assist people in acquiring a level of care and physical surrounding that will enable them to live their life with as much normalcy as possible.

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© Christine Francis
Floor plans
Floor plans
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© Christine Francis

The project alters the interior of an existing Melbourne terrace house: the former sitting room is converted to a workplace with the theatrics of curtains that conceal sitting and standard desks. The circular table, which allows for uncomplicated circulation, has deep tubular pockets that hold office pens and plants, or flowers, champagne and crostini after taking care of business. The rear living room centres around a ‘cake’ couch where slices can be removed in order to include wheelchair-users within the seating arrangement. One slice features pink powdercoated handles to assist visitors to get seated.

© Christine Francis
© Christine Francis

A circular motif is featured in Frenches Interior as a symbol of inclusion and sharing, for example, found in the form of the sturdy terrazzo lazy susan on the dining table. Other symbols, or totems, also appear in the space, which contain valued objects, such as books and whiskey, of the clients. This project extends Sibling Architecture’s interest in how to design an age-friendly city. Frenches Interior explores the potential of accessibility to be domesticated through highly-spirited gestures where space can be reconfigured according to different needs and desires.

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© Christine Francis

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Address:Melbourne Victoria, Australia

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Cite: "Frenches Interior / Sibling Architecture" 15 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/943785/frenches-interior-sibling-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884

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