8 Yard House

2021 National Architecture Awards shortlist

8 Yard House | Studio Bright | Photographer: Rory Gardiner

2021 National Architecture Awards: RESIDENTIAL - New Architecture

8 Yard House | studio bright

Traditional Land Owners: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung of the Kulin Nation

On a double fronted site in Nth Fitzroy an existing dilapidated brick veneer interrupted the procession of terrace house facades. The new 8 Yard House insertion is seen as a street-healing gesture, but nevertheless true to its own time and purpose.

This new house for a large family reflects our ongoing desire to prioritise outdoor spaces as much as indoor. Rather than have one singular backyard and the bulk of the house as one mass, the planning and spaces are distributed along the length of the site, punctuated with a series of variously sized outdoor courtyards.

8 Yard House | Studio Bright | Photographer: Rory Gardiner

Client perspective:
How does the design benefit the way you live/work/play/operate/educate/other?

“We love the different moods of the home. There are light and open living areas where we enjoy time together with family and friends, but with three busy and active children, we also enjoy the calm, quiet rooms and courtyards to read, study, and relax. The fusion between the indoor and outdoor spaces gives a sense of being surrounded by water, greenery, blue sky and filtered and reflected light. The house imparts a feeling of history and solidity, and we are looking forward to the home embedding in the landscape as the garden gradually drapes, climbs and entwines.

Practice team:

Melissa Bright, Architect

Rob McIntyre, Architect

Todd de Hoog, Architect

Maia Close, Architect

Emily Watson, Architect

Pei She Lee, Graduate of Architecture

Construction team:

Meyer Consulting, Structural Engineer

Peachy Green, Landscape Consultant

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