Prahran House

Prahran House

Architect
Eliza Blair Architecture
Location
Melbourne Victoria, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
Veeral Patel
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Feature LightsFlos
ManufacturersOluce
CladdingJames Hardie
Axon Cladding, Axon™ Cladding
TapwareAstra Walker
Icon
FlooringMade By Storey
Sesame
BenchtopsSignorino
Serene Grey Light

Product Spec Sheet
Feature Lights
Manufacturers
Cladding
Axon Cladding, Axon™ Cladding by James Hardie
Tapware
Icon by Astra Walker
Flooring
Sesame by Made By Storey
Benchtops
Serene Grey Light by Signorino

Prahran House

Eliza Blair Architecture as Architects

Turning to face the sun in this Prahran addition creates a comfortable and light filled family home with a seamless connection to the garden.

photo_credit Veeral Patel
Veeral Patel

What was the brief?

The brief was to create a light filled sanctuary so our clients could unwind and relax after a stressful day. They wanted the kids to have their own separate retreat room, but also ensure the main living space could handle the energy and exhuberance of a busy family when required.

photo_credit Veeral Patel
Veeral Patel

What were the key challenges?

For this home, the starting point was a Californian Bungalow on a south facing block, built very close to each side boundary. The house was dark and cold with the backyard often overshadowed by the existing house (in winter), and the house itself not receiving a lot of sunlight during the day.

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Veeral Patel

What were the solutions?

A courtyard was inserted to detatch the new extension from the old part of the house and draw in sunlight from the north. The ceiling was also raked up towards the north so that highlight windows could be inserted the full width of the extension. These louvred windows also allow the living areas to be naturally cooled when needed, adding cross ventilation to the list of benefits.

photo_credit Veeral Patel
Veeral Patel

How is the project unique?

Adding a courtyard to a floor plan brings a lovely dual aspect to the living room, allowing views to the garden at the back as well as to the courtyard and its ever changing colours of the cherry blossom tree, allowing a sense of being surrounded by greenery on two sides. The children can be seen (but not heard) in their playroom across the courtyard and the house now feels like the light filled sanctuary that they set out to achieve.

photo_credit Veeral Patel
Veeral Patel

What are the sustainability features?

• Retention of existing building
• Recycled bricks salvaged from demolition
• Passive solar design techniques for improved living conditions and building performance
• Super insulated walls, ceiling cavities and floors
• Double-glazed high-performance windows
• Water harvesting
• External sun shading on north
• High level louvres for natural cooling at night

photo_credit Veeral Patel
Veeral Patel

Team:

Architect: Eliza Blair Architecture

Furniture, Objects, Styling: Nicole Bell Design

Builder: James McBride & Associates

photo_credit Veeral Patel
Veeral Patel

Materials Used:

Cladding: James Hardie Scyon 'Axon' cladding
Windows: Aluminium double glazed
Flooring: Made by Storey engineered timber flooring in 'Sesame'
Benchtops: Signorino 'Serene Grey Light' stone
Tapware: Astra Walker 'Icon' series
Feature Lights: Flos IC Suspension Lamp

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