Alphington House in Melbourne, Victoria

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Alphington House in Melbourne

20 Mar 2020

Alphington House

Architect: Meaden Architecture and Interior

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Alphington House Melbourne

Constructed over 10 years the Alphington House is ‘slow cooked’. It has evolved and responded to time, pragmatics and whim. Dreaming, imagining and ambitiously building has created a home of possibilities. The final outcome includes the restored 1950s front façade with the new works looking out to the Yarra river parklands beyond.

Alphington House Melbourne

Views into the park and leafy treetop canopies are carefully trimmed and framed with little evidence of the surrounding suburbia. Northern winter sun is channeled deep into the house through a cranked roof. Massive stone walls absorb and release winter heat keeping the building temperature constant and comfortable.

Alphington House Melbourne

Experientially the building is complex, open yet closed, bedded in the earth yet light and open to the sky. Compositional the forms are both exuberant within a frame of order. Materials are natural, raw and industrial including quarry granite, recycled timbers, ply ceilings with steel windows and doors. Expression of detail, craftsmanship and artistry is evident throughout.

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The project is designed to cater for the evolving needs of a typical family. Today it provides a generous home for a family of 5, a large studio space for an architectural practice with a roof top garden. Tomorrow it could transform into 3 apartments.

Alphington House Melbourne

The building is well-mannered, low maintenance and easy on the pocket to run. It provides a diverse and flexible environment, a well-equipped vehicle that has the capacity to adapt and carry us into the future.

Alphington House Melbourne

The brief was to create a building that connected to the surrounding parklands whilst screened out suburbia . The building needed to be able to adapt to new needs as its occupants changed, it had to be able to evolve and modify. For now it is a family home. The main challenge was $, everything was built on site over time on a shoe string budget and a growing family. The solution was to live in and build progressively living in different parts of the building whilst other parts were being constructed.

In terms of design, the building is sandwiched between neighbouring buildings. These were screened out by scooping out the middle of the new structure and building along the site edges. The house wedges itself into the ground and extends east towards the parklands emerging as a 3 level form.

The roof is lifted towards the north allowing light and sun to penetrate deep within the structure. In winter the building is filled with sunlight yet in summer the wide eaves shade out the sun.

Generally its pretty nice to live in and has continued to morph into new configerations over time.

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Alphington House, Victoria – Building Information

Architect: Meaden Architecture and Interior

Project size: 420 sqm
Site size: 620 sqm
Completion date: 2008
Building levels: 2

Alphington House Melbourne

Photography © David McArthur

Alphington House in Melbourne, Victoria images / information received 200320

Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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