The Hardiman Street extension developed by ODR architects in Melbourne, Australia is the first stage of a larger project which will eventually see the original double-plot, single-title property developed into multiple typologies for inner suburban living. Heritage controls defined the existing layout to an extent. Existing bedrooms were retained as the front two rooms, followed by a new bathroom/laundry and kitchen. This left the living room as the remaining space, defined by the previously concealed chimney that is now a celebrated feature with a clear connection to the newly defined courtyard at the rear.
Material selection and composition followed the methodology, with recycled timber floors in a natural finish and laser-cut steel sliding doors in a natural, oxidised finish. New internal wall linings are crisply supported by sharp, steel shadow line details in a clean and simplistic manner. Day lighting was addressed by introducing skylights to a once dark passageway and to new ancillary areas in the bathroom/laundry and kitchen. These areas feature mirrored finishes to several joinery items, including the laundry, fridge and kitchen, and bathroom splashbacks that reflect space and light into honest, functional spaces. [Photography: Armelle Habib; Press release provided via e-mail by ODR architects]
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts