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Architecture: Gold Street House

May 20, 2010

Tucked away in a Brunswick back street in Melbourne, the Gold Street House engages with the architectural language of its neighbours.

The Gold Street House responds to the character of the rear laneway, which consists of garage doors, timber backyard fences and several neglected, leftover spaces from the terrace houses that front the opposing street. The rear of these homes offered little to Gold Street, with a language of gable/hipped roof building forms and utilitarian lean-to structures constructed from lightweight material such as compressed sheet: a very low tech, economically driven decision.

Our response was to celebrate and reinterpret this context rather than pretend that it wasn’t there. A galvanized steel portal frame that encompasses the entire perimeter of the structure was inserted. The structural element is diagrammatically and symbolically translated as a ‘house’, as opposed to an ambiguous and anonymous out-building.

The materiality of the house incorporates and engages with the architectural language surrounding the vernacular of black metal wall and roof cladding, painted compressed sheeting and timber panelling. By critically arranging these materials and their application, the house proudly and boldly addresses the street in its bright red and purple colours.

*Team* Architect: Billy Kavellaris; Designer: Rodrigo Sandoval Mateluna

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