The client had a distinctive vision for their Victorian residence renovation in Kew, Victoria, Australia: a clean line, modern extension allowing for ease of movement and functionality for their young, growing family and active lifestyle. The home required different zones, new space, and integration with the existing structure. Hideaway storage was important to the client because of their busy lifestyle and their keen interest in art and design. Canny Design cleverly reconfigured the existing home’s rooms to create new liveable spaces. The result is a better flow and improved relationship with the garden and studio.
A new communal area including a kitchen, living and dining space extension was added to the rear of the house; four bedrooms, a bathroom and kids TV / playroom upstairs; and in the front existing structure – a formal living room, music room and master bedroom. The pool was seen as a focal point of the rear extension, gunmetal grey-blue in colour, it can be viewed from various aspect points both in and around the home. The existing garage and studio structure at the rear integrate with the new extension. The canopy cleverly links the existing garage and studio with the home both practically and aesthetically, forming bold horizontal lines. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Canny Design ]
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light