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Architecture: Ten Legs House

March 1, 2010

A dynamic extension to a suburban house, designed by Ed Ewers Architecture.

This renovation forms a modest architectural statement that transcends the suburban vernacular. The success of the building lies is in the spatial qualities, belying the tight footprint of the addition, and in the element of surprise.

From the street, only the black door and acrylic door handle suggest any change to the existing house. Once inside, the remodelled space defies mediocrity. Visitors pass the original four rooms of the house along a gradually widening passage that opens into the main area of the addition, an open-plan living space with a mezzanine sitting over the kitchen. The orthogonal plan shifts to accentuate a series of angles, both in plan and elevation. These shifts are particularly seen in the fenestration and mezzanine level, as well as the external cladding, landscaping and pool.

Built to a tight budget, the concept was conceived from a simple ‘form follows function’ organised plan in which subtle planar shifts, choice of materials and method of construction dictated the outcome.

The north facing extension was modelled to capture winter sun and reduce heat gain in the summer. This is supported by 13500L rain tanks, water recycling, double glazing, superior thermal insulation, and solar HWS. All hardwood salvaged during demolition was collected for firewood.

*Team* Architects: Ed Ewers, Noreen Ruwoldt; Designers: Aaron Wooster, Jonas Perlind

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