The Elwood House was designed by Jost Architectsand displays an interesting mix of volumes, each functionally distinct. With a total living area of 430 square meters, the residence serves the needs of a family in Milton St, Elwood, Victoria, Australia. According to the architects, “the client wanted a house that was clean, distinctive and enjoyable to use without feeling like they were an object in their own home purely because it was of a contemporary design”. Visually and structurally, the residence consists of two levels, the bottom one giving the impression “that a block has been carved and hollowed revealing areas of the interior from different external views which in turn create views of the surrounding area“. The upper floor is defined by timber and acts as a shelter for some of the open areas of the house. Enjoy the photo tour below and don’t forget to give us your feedback!
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.