Trojan House - Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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In our latest instalment of #BuiltFormFriday we take a look at the Trojan House by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects. Metaphorically speaking, the Trojan House lives up to its name in both a functional and structural sense. Situated in Hawthorn Victoria, this build took place in 2009 as an alteration an addition to an existing Edwardian house with a vision to accommodate a growing family with three children. The owners of the home liked the notion of a Trojan House as a metaphor for the chaos of family life that occurred inside, which is only revealed when the children are set free into the back yard onto unsuspecting residents of neighbouring flats.

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Surry Hills Warehouse Conversion and Mancave - Allen Jack + Cottier

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Inspired by the use of unique building materials and innovative design, #BuiltFormFriday brings us to the Mancave by Allen Jack + Cottier. Located on the top floor of a Surry Hills Warehouse conversion, the Mancave is a carbon-fibre pod that takes central position, organising and informing the surrounding living spaces whilst offering privacy within. Inside the cocoon-like Mancave is an inherently unique master suite featuring a bed moulded from the carbon-fibre walls, a matching integrated TV stand and all the features of a conventional ensuite complete with a shower area, freestanding basins and bathtub. Apart from the use of carbon-fibre in a structural sense, other distinctive design features include leather-clad flooring and LED lighting that snakes around the base of the room.

Although the Mancave would not have been the most affordable design choice, nor is it a design that will suit everyone’s taste, it sure is an innovative use of space. Personally, we would have envisaged a ‘Mancave’ to feature some form of sporting memorabilia on the walls, perhaps a second TV for when the AFL and NRL final series is on and a bar-fridge at the very least, but hey beggars can’t be choosers. What are your thoughts? #BuiltFormFriday

Architect: Allen Jack + Cottier
Photo: Castle + Beatty Architectural Photography

Container Home - Patrick Bradley Achitects

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Today’s project of choice for #BuiltFormFriday is the Container Home by Patrick Bradley Architects, as featured on the TV series, Grand Designs. The Container Home was designed by farmer and architect Patrick Bradley to create his own dream residence on his parents’ Northern Ireland farm. Using four shipping containers as a creative solution to a budgetary problem, some clever engineering and an unmissable respective for the homes agricultural surrounds, the Container Home has fast become an iconic structure in the divisive and quirky world of shipping container designs.

From the road, this home is quite unassuming, which makes the transition through to the sculptural rear elevation all the more impressive. A total of four shipping containers were used in the build, through joining two containers side by side for both the cantilevered first floor and the underlying ground level. Each of these floors achieves their own distinct identity through the utilisation of two different yet complimentary raw materials of black steel cladding and rust-red Corten steel. 

Have you seen a more impressive shipping container build? Let us know we’d love to see it! #BuiltFormFriday

Architect: Patrick Bradley Architects
Photo: Aidan Monaghan Photography

Cloud House - McBride Charles Ryan (MCR)

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Today’s project is the aptly titled ‘Cloud House’ by McBride Charles Ryan (MCR). The Cloud House was built in 2012 as part of an addition and renovation of an Edwardian house in Fitzroy North, Victoria. Whilst the street façade was restored in respect of the character of the area and the buildings heritage, this classical home transforms through a new disintegrated red-coloured kitchen which acts as a link to a new living area built in the form of a cloud. According to MCR, the cloud form conforms to all setback regulations without appearing determined by them. As impressive as the Cloud façade is, the design also allows for a dramatic timber interior where walls merge seamlessly with the floor and ceiling, without undermining the practicality of the living space.

What are your thoughts on the Cloud House by MCR? We’d love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to share if you’re as impressed as we are! #BuiltFormFriday

Architect: McBride Charles Ryan
Photo: John Gollings Photography